Arsene Wenger Reacts As Mesut Ozil Joins Fenerbahce

Arsene Wenger has congratulated Fenerbahce on signing Mesut Ozil and believes the Arsenal outcast can propel them to the Turkish league title.

Wenger has spoken in the past about his disappointment regarding Ozil’s situation but he appeared thrilled that the 32-year-old has landed his dream move.

‘Well, first of all, I would say you have the pleasure to announce a transfer like that in a period where you will not have many transfers,’ he told BeIN SPORTS Turkey when asked about Ozil’s looming move to Istanbul.

‘And he will certainly be the biggest transfer of the January transfer window, because the world of football is a bit quiet.

‘But overall it’s fantastic news for Fenerbahce, who are in a strong position in the league, and I think he can be the piece of the puzzle that will make them even more of a threat to win the Turkish league.’

Asked if the German World Cup winner had ever mentioned wanting to play for Fenerbahce, Wenger continued: ‘I had never had a conversation [with him] about Fenerbahce before because I wanted to keep Mesut Ozil at Arsenal!

‘But I could always feel a strong Turkish link because I met the family, I met his agent, I met his father when I signed him.

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‘You could see that there is a strong attachment to Turkey and a big interest in the Turkish league.’

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