It was one of many worst saved secrets and techniques in soccer however Mesut Ozil has lastly left Arsenal to affix Fenerbahce.
The playmaker flew to Turkey final week to finish the transfer after reaching an settlement with the Gunners to go away six months earlier than the tip of his contract.
The transfer was confirmed by Arsenal on Sunday together with an announcement from Ozil on the membership’s web site.
However there was no point out of present boss Mikel Arteta.
Ozil stated: “I’d prefer to thank the membership for this superb journey over the previous seven-and-a-half years. The assist I’ve felt from the staff and followers throughout my time right here has been actually unimaginable and one thing I’ll at all times be glad about.
“Collectively we received trophies for the primary time in years and created reminiscences that may final a lifetime. The Arsenal followers will ceaselessly stay in my coronary heart.
“I’d prefer to thank Edu Gaspar for serving to carry a couple of skilled and dignified answer prior to now few days, and I want everybody on the membership the very best of their try to proceed to carry Arsenal again to the highest, the place we belong.”
Mikel Arteta did thank him for his time at Arsenal regardless of their obvious frosty relationship that noticed him neglected of their Premier League and Europa League squads this season.
He stated: “Mesut’s achievements at Arsenal are undisputed. It was a privilege to play alongside him and, extra not too long ago, coach him. His creativity and imaginative and prescient led to many targets throughout his time within the Arsenal shirt.
“Mesut was on the coronary heart of many nice moments for this membership over time, together with these three FA Cup remaining wins. These successes will at all times be a part of our historical past. We thank Mesut and want him all the very best with Fenerbahce.”
Ozil additionally posted a separate assertion on his social media pages thanking the followers as his seven-and-a-half yr keep on the north London membership got here to an finish.
He talked about Arsene Wenger, who introduced him to the membership in 2013, however there was nonetheless no point out of Arteta or his predecessor Unai Emery.
Ozil additionally spoke about his satisfaction at profitable silverware for the membership and the way he will likely be a ‘Gunner for all times’.
He wrote: ”I’ll at all times be glad about the belief positioned in me by Arsene Wenger in September 2013. I’ve grown up as an grownup in North London, a spot I’ll at all times name dwelling. I’ll always remember that.
“It’s tough for me to place into phrases the love I really feel for this membership and the followers. How may I presumably describe eight years of gratitude in a single letter? I will likely be a Gunner for all times – little question about that.”
He added: ”As I stated, the previous few months haven’t been the best. Like each participant, I need to play each minute of soccer for my staff. In life, nevertheless, issues don’t at all times play out how we wish or anticipate them to.
“However you will need to search for the positives in life and never negatives, which is why I attempt to dwell life with no regrets and holding no grudges. Being at Arsenal was extra than simply soccer, it was about group.”