Mesut Ozil is now the subject of interest from Turkish giants Fenerbahce, who are hoping to capture the Arsenal midfielder when the transfer window re-opens.
Since signing for Arsenal in 2013 from Real Madrid, the German has appeared over 190 times for the club, contributing 37 goals in the process.
Ozil has long been revered as one of the most gifted players of his generation, but his time at the Emirates has often been shattered by discrepancy and a perceived lack of effort at times.
The 29-year-old playmaker became a World Cup winner back in 2014, but fast forward four years and it was a very different story in Russia with Joachim Low’s squad. Germany exited at the group stage after losing matches against Mexico and South Korea, with Ozil in particular, singled out for criticism in the national press.
The former Madrid star retired from international duty in the wake of the tournament and regardless of featuring in three of the Gunner's four games at the start of the new Premier League season, it has been rumored that he is struggling to cope in the limelight in recent times.
According to Aspor, Turkish Superleague outfit Fenerbahce are readying to make an approach for the German midfielder in January, who in spite of signing a new contract at the end of last season, appears to be uncomfortable as part of Unai Emery’s new set up at the Emirates.
According to The Daily Mail, Emery and Ozil were enmeshed in an alleged training ground fight when the Spanish boss informed his charge that he would not play a part against West Ham United in August, but the Arsenal manager swiftly put pay to the speculations by saying he was unavailable owing to illness.
The same source also states that any bid from Fenerbahce would have to be in around £42 million for the club to even entertain the option of offloading their number 10, which could repel the potential suitors.
The Gunners resume their domestic campaign this weekend against Newcastle at St James’ Park and supporters will, without doubt, hope that Ozil can shrug off any transfer rumors to re-discover his best form and guide the team towards a third consecutive league victory.
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