The Mesut Ozil era at Arsenal is finally about to end.
That is following the reaching of an agreement between the club and his representatives over an early termination of his contract, allowing him to complete his move to Fenerbahçe in Turkey.
The news has been greeted with mixed emotions by Gunners fans, some of whom regret the way he ahs left the club, not having played a minute for the side since lockdown, whilst others cannot wait to see the back of the former German international, who has become such a divisive figure in North London.
Certainly, his time with the club can roughly be divided into two – the period before he signed his new contract when he provided 64 assists and scored 37 goals in 183 appearances, and the period after he signed a new deal worth £350,000 a week when his productivity dropped-off remarkably.
Mikel Arteta will just be glad he does not have to spend a major part of his press conferences talking about Ozil anymore.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.