After spending 4 years at the Emirates following a £42.5million switch from Real Madrid former German international Mesut Ozil may be about to depart North London to join Turkish club Fenerbache.
Ozil, who only signed a new contract on deadline day in January 2018 has had a turbulent start to life under new boss Unai Emery with a reported “rift” forming between player and coach.
The German has found his chances halved with Emery demanding move from his number 8 often subbing off Ozil after 45 minutes or, in some cases not including Ozil all together.
Mezut Ozil hasn’t helped his situation withdrawing himself from Arsenal’s latest outing with illness, which is nothing new for Ozil with the player withdrawing with illness 6 times since January 2017.
While his immune system has come under scrutiny it is also Ozil’s performances that have drawn criticism. Under Emery the German has failed to track back when asked to, and going forward seems sloppy almost bored. Two words Arsenal fans seems to be using more frequently as Ozil’s stay at the club continues.
A switch to Turkey looks likely with Ozil retiring from International football citing alleged “racism” but also the pressure of being one of Germany’s “main men” despite failing to perform at the 2018 World Cup.
His subsequent retirement sent shock waves through the Germany squad with Coach Joachim Low under serious pressure following alleged racism in his squad.
The same pressure and “main man” situation with Germany is almost parallel with his situation at Arsenal, and a switch to Turkey; with Ozil of Turkish descent and looking to get out the intense Spotlight of most European Top Leagues could be exactly what the play maker needs.
At 29 years-old Ozil is by no means “finished” and would still command a sizeable transfer fee by Fenerbache likely to be around the £50 million mark. Yet Fenerbache will face stiff competition from a number of Italian Clubs and Manchester United with Jose Mourinho publicly stating his admiration for the Turkish born star.