Arsenal soccer star Mesut Ozil has completed his move to Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce on a three-and-a-half-year deal.
The 32-year-old former German midfielder, who had been excluded from Mikel Arteta’s first-team this season, has departed after seven-and-a-half years in North London.
In an open letter, the World Cup winner said it was difficult for him to put into words the love he feels for the club and fans.
“How could I possibly describe eight years of gratitude in a single letter? Whilst I may be no longer playing for the club, I will be a Gunner for life – no doubt about that. Arsenal is a club of class and prestige, something that I felt every time I walked onto the pitch,” said Ozil.
“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 every single person from the club to make sure they carry out their job in the name of these values.”
Ozil joined the Gunners from Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2013 for then club-record fee of £42.4 million. He went on to win three FA Cups with the club.
He leaves after making over 250 appearances in which he scored 44 goals and made 71 assists in all competitions.
His final Arsenal appearance came on 3rd March, 2020, when he played 89 minutes in a 1-0 win over West Ham at Emirates Stadium.
Ozil is set to be replaced by Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard, who is expected to join on loan for the remainder of the season.