Mesut Ozil has left Arsenal after his contract was terminated six months in advance. It’s official. It’s happened. Ozil is no longer an Arsenal player. The German has found an agreement with the club to have his contract mutually terminated six months before it was due to expire in the summer.
The news draws the curtain on a near-eight season stay in north London for the playmaker, having joined in 2013 for a then club-record fee of £42.5m. Playing an integral role in ending a nine-year trophy drought with an FA Cup triumph in his first season, he would follow that up with two more FA Cup trophies to complete his silverware won in north London.
In total, Ozil played 254 times for the Gunners, scoring 44 goals and accumulating 77 assists.
The exact details of the contract termination have not been fully disclosed, although it’s speculated that he will not receive the full £7m he was owed for the remaining six months.
As confirmed on the official Arsenal website, an early termination was agreed with immediate effect.
"Technical director Edu said: “We thank Mesut for his huge contribution to Arsenal. He has made more than 250 appearances, played in three Emirates FA Cup final wins and has given the fans and everyone at the club many wonderful moments on the pitch since he joined us in 2013. We would like to thank Mesut and his team for their professionalism during our recent negotiations.“I know everyone associated with Arsenal will join me in wishing Mesut and his family the best of health, success and happiness in the next chapter of his career.”"
Ozil had not played under Mikel Arteta since March 7 2020, where he was subsequently dropped from future lineups before being exempt from the Premier League and Europa League squads entirely for the 2020/21 season.
He now joins boyhood club Fenerbahce on a long-term deal, wear he will wear the No. 67 shirt until the end of the season before assuming his favoured No. 10 for the following campaign.
A drawn-out and ultimately ugly saga can finally be moved on from, even if the conclusion of the relationship still leaves a sour taste. It’s done now. Into the next chapter.
Thank you for everything, Mesut.