Mesut Ozil has made an emotional farewell statement after leaving Arsenal for Turkish Super Lig club Fenerbahce after signing a three and a half year deal with the club.
Ozil has been linked to Arsenal’s exit door for the past two seasons, despite the player himself always hoping to stay at the club and force his way back to the Emirates first team.
However, after Ozil was deemed overwhelmed, he finally agreed terms for his departure, had his contract terminated by London and signed for Turkish team Fenerbahce on Sunday, ending his stay in the English capital.
Ozil was one of the top earners in the Emirates. The World Cup winner has not been able to appear in the first team since March. His first stint at the club was hugely successful as he helped Arsenal end its trophy drought by winning the FA Cup in his first season with the team.
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However, the $ 57.5 million signing did not become a mainstay of the club. Fans and experts alike criticized the German international for an alleged lack of effort on the pitch.
Despite mixed reviews during his time at the club, Ozil made his love for the London team clear when he posted a long and emotional goodbye message on his social media channels.
“Dear Gunners,” he began.
“Almost 3,000 days. It feels strange to write this message after so long here in London. It has felt right at home since I arrived. I was welcomed with open arms by everyone at Arsenal, my teammates and before especially the incredible fans.
“I will always be grateful for the trust Arsene Wenger placed in me in September 2013. I grew up as an adult in North London, a place I can always call home. I will never forget that.”
“When I’ve been at Arsenal for that long, I’ve seen a mix of ups and downs. Over 250 games, 44 goals and 71 assists later, it’s time for Arsenal and I to split up.
“Together we ended the club’s nine-year trophy drought and returned the urgently needed cutlery to the fans who deserved it.
“I find it difficult to put into words the love I feel for this club and the fans. How could I describe eight years of gratitude in one letter?
“While I may not play for the club anymore, I will continue to support them in every game they play. I will be a shooter for life – there is no doubt about that. Now more than ever we must all be behind the team. This The season is a difficult one for any team in the Premier League and that’s why we all need to support the current squad and staff, regardless of the results.
“I was amazed to see some of the guys from Hale End get into the first team line-up. As we all know, they are the future of our club and I wish them every success!
“When I hear my name being sung in the Emirates I get goose bumps forever and the memories I have of this shirt will last for a lifetime.
“A lot has been written about my time at Arsenal, especially in the last few months. Arsenal are a club of class and prestige, something I felt every time I went on the field. Players, staff and management always come and go – but the club’s values and fans will remain forever.
“The principles of class, respect and dignity must never be forgotten. It is the responsibility of each and every person in the club to ensure that they do their job in the name of these values.
“As I said, the last few months have not been the easiest. Like every player, I want to play football for my team every minute. In life, however, things don’t always turn out the way we expect or want.
“But it’s important to look for the positive in life and not the negative. That’s why I try to live without regrets and resentments. Being at Arsenal was more than just football, it was about community. As much as I do . ” I tried to help out on the pitch. I tried to be part of the London community as much as possible.
“North London welcomed me as one of its own and each season I’ve started a different project to bring happiness to this incredible community. Although I may leave North London, it will never stop.
“It could be the end of a chapter but my connection with this great club will never fade. It might go away for now, but it’s not goodbye forever.”
Although Ozil was an important part of Arsene Wenger’s plans, he soon found himself outside of Unai Emery, off the first team. And when he wasn’t feeling better under current boss Mikel Arteta, Ozil finally decided that the best option for his career was to move on.
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His departure, which the club called “football reasons”, ended his chapter in London. Arteta said it was a “privilege” to play and coach with him.
“Mesut has been at the heart of many great moments for the club over the years, including those three FA Cup final wins,” said Arteta.
“These successes will always be part of our history. We thank Mesut and wish him all the best with Fenerbahce.”
Ozil’s statement met with a great response from fans. Some wished him well and others gave him a good release.
One said: “When he left the pitch in Baku after going into hiding 30 minutes before the end, he lost me. Totally unacceptable and unjustifiable. Make no more money after that.”
However, most of the answers were overwhelmingly positive.
One replied, “As for saying goodbye in football, this has to be the best I’ve read. You put a smile on my face as I watched you play the beautiful game that the North London community so much and you also bought a tear in my eyes when you left. “
Another added: “All the best for your future. Towards the end of your time at Arsenal things may not have worked out but the real fans will be grateful for what you’ve done at our club. Some amazing assists and goals. Sometimes She made the game so easy. So I say thank you again and good luck. “
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