Mesut Ozil: Former Arsenal midfielder excluded from Fenerbahce’s first team

Mesut Ozil has been a key player in the Fenerbahce team since he joined 14 months ago; The former arsenal midfielder also performed captain duties in his new Turkish club in their most recent league game last week. Mesut Ozil left the gunners last year.

Due to reasons not known, he has been excluded from Fenerbache’s first team and was also hauled off in their last league game against Konyaspor at halftime.

Apart from Mesut Ozil, Turkish giants have also announced that midfielder Ozan Tufan, who was sent on loan to Watford at the beginning of the season before returning to his parent club in February, has also been dropped from the first-team squad.

Ozil has been an important figure in the attack for Ismail Kartal’s side this season while scoring nine goals and registering three assists in all the competitions. But after getting left behind from the starting team, the 33 years old is facing a very uncertain future at Fenerbache.

The Turkish club president Ali Koc, announced at the end of last year that Mesut Ozil was “Unhappy” at the club due to less playing time but this was due to the fact that the manager Kartal was struggling to get the best out of the midfielder.

“Ozil wants to play more,” Koc said in November. “From now onwards, he needs to focus more on his game and contribute to his club more than indulging himself in his commercial interests.” 

“Our coach also needs to try and figure out how to get the most out of Ozil as he is unhappy because he is not getting played regularly in matches.” There is not a problem, despite what the media says.

Last year, the former Germany international left Arsenal amid controversy after a falling out with current Gunners coach Mikel Arteta.

Despite being on a reported £350,000-a-week contract at the Emirates Stadium, Arteta exiled the German for not adhering to the “non-negotiables” that Arteta demanded from his players.

Arteta left Ozil out of both Premier League and Europa League teams at the start of the season, meaning the midfielder did not play a single competitive minute for Arsenal between March 2020 and January 2021.

Ozil accused Arsenal of not repaying his loyalty during his final season at the Emirates Stadium. He also went against the club’s decision to let the team’s mascot Gunnersaurus go while matches were held behind closed doors by offering to reimburse Jerry Quy’s wages as the dinosaur suit’s wearer.

Meanwhile, Arsenal distanced themselves from Ozil’s claims against China in 2019, saying that the government was abusing Uighur Muslims.

“I’m actually terribly unhappy by the fact that I have not been registered for the Premier League season for the time being,” Ozil said on social media after being dropped from the Gunners’ first-team squad at the start of the 2020-21 season.

“I committed my commitment and allegiance to the club that I love, Arsenal, when I signed my new contract in 2018, and it saddens me that this has not been returned.”

“Loyalty is hard to obtain anymore, as I just discovered. I’ve always tried to be optimistic from week to week, believing that there’s a chance I’ll be back on the team soon. That is why I have been silent thus far.”

Ozil made almost 250 games for Arsenal during his stay in north London, helping the Gunners win three FA Cups.

The German scored eight league goals for Fenerbahce this season after failing to score in his first half-season with the club.

Ozil’s Mixed Legacy At Arsenal

“Ozil was one of the most exciting creative talents in the game when he came to the Emirates Stadium. A highly gifted midfielder who lit up the 2010 World Cup with Germany and became Cristiano Ronaldo’s favourite teammate at Real Madrid thanks to his numerous assists.”

“Ozil scored his first goal for Arsenal in just 11 minutes of his debut, a 3-1 triumph over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, superbly handling a long pass from Kieran Gibbs and squaring the ball for Olivier Giroud to finish.” In the years ahead, there would be many more occasions like it.”

“Ozil has always had several personalities. Both good and evil are present. Head-scratching and jaw-dropping. Few players, though, can equal his technical prowess. Few people can view the game like he does, much alone do what he does with the ball at his feet.

“Back-to-back FA Cup victories followed by a World Cup success with Germany in his first two years in north London. But, on a personal level, it wasn’t until his third season at Arsenal that things really started to fall into place for him. His 2015/16 season was a mesmerising exhibition of skill and imagination.

“Ozil was left to fade into the background, a pricey waste on resources at a time when the club urgently needed them, appearing reluctant to conform to Arteta’s “non-negotiables” and unable to recreate his creative production of previous seasons.”

“Arteta believes he gave Ozil every opportunity to reclaim his starting spot before leaving him out of his Premier League and Europa League teams, implying that he failed to do so.”