According to The Telegraph, Turkish club Fenerbahçe have emerged as a possible destination for Arsenal’s Mesut Özil should he leave the club this summer. The article itself has a host of damning details about Arsenal, Özil, and the situation as a whole.
Arsene Wenger seems resigned to losing Özil, a player he personally convinced to join from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013. But as Matt Law notes in his piece, unlike Alexis Sanchez (also set to leave) who is wanted by PSG and Juventus, Özil doesn’t really have any suitors.
Agents have already been working to find out whether there is any interest from China in Ozil, while Michael Ballack has claimed he should join Bayern Munich - despite the fact there has not been any suggestion of real interest from the German club.
I’m not here to throw any shade at Fenerbahçe, a team with plenty of history and success in the Turkish Süper Lig, but to see the majestic Mesut Özil plying his trade away at Gençlerbirliği S.K. would be a discouraging sight indeed.
This seems like an agent trying to sound out interest in other clubs. Özil’s agent, Dr. Erkut Söğüt, could just be trying to find a big club that will pay more than the rumored £200,000 per week offer from Arsenal. Yes, Özil is of Turkish descent, but some of the details in this article are just weird. Apparently he is getting married and maybe has a house with his bride-to-be in Turkey?
Just last month, Ozil, who was born to Turkish parents, travelled to Istanbul and was pictured out with former Miss Turkey Amine Gulse.
There have since been suggestions the pair plan to marry and that Ozil is ready to spend £5 million on a mansion in Istanbul.
I mean... what? The suggestion that no one wants Mesut Özil, and that he might leave Arsenal for Turkey so he and his maybe girlfriend can buy a house together seems dubious, but it’s also just representative of where Arsenal and Özil are right now.
When Özil was bought in 2013 it was supposed to be a new era for Arsenal. Now, four years later it looks like he’s got one foot out the door. While Özil won two FA Cups, his tenure at the club will ultimately be labeled a failure. The Paul Mersons and Jamie Redknapps of the world will say “he was never built for the Premier League anyway,” Özil will say he loves Wenger like a father but had to leave, and we’ll buy some cut-rate replacement.
Özil was the most exciting and talented player to wear The Arsenal shirt since Cesc Fabregas. He was one of the few players in the last ten years that would’ve belonged on those Invincibles sides. The fact that it’s all ending this way is just really sad. It’s sad that Özil wants to leave, it’s sad that he seems to just have stopped playing, it’s sad that no one really wants him. I’m holding out hope that he signs a contract, but based off these last couple months I’m not even sure it’s the best thing for the club anymore.
Things can change, but right now it looks like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will leave this summer. Arsene Wenger will probably stay. And so we beat on, boats against the current...