# Mesut Özil

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# Switch
Ozil joins 2020 Turkish champions Basaksehir
Basaksehir is known for its close ties with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was best man at Ozil’s wedding in 2019.
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# the longest goodbye
Özil finally completes move away from Arsenal after 'amazing journey'
The former Germany international has joined Fenerbahce after seven-and-a-half years with the Gunners.
# William Hill
David Meyler: Assist king Ozil won't be seen as a legend due to sad end to his Arsenal career
Our weekly columnist talks about his experiences playing against a German World Cup winner and gives his FA Cup fourth round predictions.
# turkish delight
Wenger lauds 'genius' of Fenerbahce-bound Ozil
‘Mesut is a guy who needs a warm environment’, says his former Arsenal boss.
# The Long Goodbye
Outcast Mesut Ozil confirms exit from Arsenal
The German midfielder says he is joining Fenerbahce.
# Out the door
Arsenal exit for Ozil could be 'best solution', says Arteta
Ozil has been linked with a move to Fenerbahce.
# off the wage bill
Arsenal outcast Ozil close to joining Fenerbahce on three-and-a-half year deal - reports
The German attacker is being strongly linked with a move to Turkey this month.
# Too many bodies
Arsenal make offloading players in January a top priority
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta says he must trim down his squad, with Sead Kolasinac likely to be the first to leave.
# left out
'As I've just found out, loyalty is hard to come by nowadays' - Ozil saddened by Arsenal snub
The club’s highest-paid player has written about his disappointment after being omitted from their Premier League squad.
# In and Out
Retired goalkeeper Cech named in Chelsea’s Premier League squad, Ozil left out of Arsenal's
Cech’s inclusion is a precautionary move during the pandemic, while Ozil’s future at the Gunners has been thrown into further doubt.
# exclusion
Ozil set to be left out of Arsenal's Europa League squad amid doubts about future at club
The 31-year-old has not played for the Gunners since March.
# Out of favour
Mesut Ozil explains why he didn't accept a pay cut at Arsenal
Although totally out of favour under Mikel Arteta, Ozil is determined to see out his contract at Arsenal.
# Claim
Mesut Ozil’s wage does not affect my team selection, insists Arsenal boss
Mikel Arteta says he has left the German star out for tactical reasons.
# Sympathy
'It's very difficult. I want the best for Manchester City' - Arteta
The Spanish coach’s current club could benefit at the expense of his former team.
# Target
'We're going to kill Mesut Ozil and kill you' - Two men in court over threatening Arsenal star
The alleged incident happened outside Ozil’s north London home just weeks after the former World Cup winner was targeted by moped attackers while driving in the area.
# much-improved
Arteta not surprised by 'willing' Ozil's energy
Mesut Ozil impressed in Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea on Sunday, but new head coach Mikel Arteta was not surprised.
# not impressed
'I wouldn't have picked him anyway' - Ljungberg explains reasoning behind Ozil's absence for Arsenal
The Gunners’ interim boss has revealed why the German playmaker missed out on a trip to Everton.
China hit back at Ozil by cutting him from Pro Evolution Soccer
The German star will not be appearing in the Chinese version of the popular video game.
# Political Football
Wenger defends Ozil's freedom of speech amid China storm
However, the former Arsenal boss also noted that individuals must accept responsibility for a stance.
# Controversy
'It will have serious implications for Arsenal' - China on Ozil
The Gunners have distanced themselves from their player’s comments.
# Mesut Özil
Chinese State TV pulls Arsenal match after player's comments on treatment of Muslims
Mesut Ozil spoke out about the treatment of ethnic minority Uighurs in Xinjiang province.
# Car Jacking
Man jailed for 10 years for attempted robbery of Arsenal duo Ozil and Kolasinac
The pair fought off knife-wielding car-jackers in London in July.
# claws out
'It’s embarrassing that Ozil is not featuring for Arsenal. He has to take a look at himself' - Keown
The Gunners legend says the German international has to take some responsibility for his lack of game time.
# Ordeal
'Sead’s reaction was really, really brave' - Ozil opens up on car-jacking horror
The Arsenal duo were attacked in London earlier this year.
# Gunners
'I'm going nowhere' - Ozil vows to honour contract at Arsenal
Minutes on the pitch have been at a premium for the World Cup winner but he says he will not leave before his current deal runs down.
# Moving On
'Mentally it was hard' – Kolasinac & Ozil keen to consign car-jacking horror to the past
The Arsenal pair were threatened by weapon-wielding thugs in July.
# incidents
Arsenal warn players about dangers of London gangs after Ozil and Kolasinac attack
Arsenal academy manager Per Mertesacker says the club’s players have been given advice following these incidents.
# Incident
Ozil and Kolasinac could make Arsenal returns this weekend
Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac are back training with Arsenal after being given time off and Unai Emery may use them against Burnley.
# Safety Concerns
Arsenal pair to miss Premier League opener after 'further security incidents'
Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac were last month caught up in an attempted car-jacking in north London.
# Joan Gamper Trophy
Young Arsenal defender scores own goal before Suarez nets Barcelona winner
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Arsenal ahead but an Ainsley Maitland-Niles own goal helped Barcelona bounce back in the Joan Gamper Trophy.
# Family Time
Ozil and Kolasinac 'not 100% there' after carjacking drama
Days after being set upon in London, the pair didn’t feature in Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Lyon yesterday.
# Incident
Arsenal footballers Kolasinac and Ozil fight off knife-wielding car-jackers in London
Footage shows 26-year-old Kolasinac leaping from the vehicle to confront the masked aggressors.
# Incident
Arsenal pair Kolasinac and Ozil fight off knife-wielding car-jackers in London
Footage shows 26-year-old Kolasinac leaping from the vehicle to confront the masked aggressors.
# statement of no intent
Fenerbahce distance themselves from signing Mesut Ozil
The Super Lig side released a statement saying they could not afford the German international.
# costly
Zaha stuns Gunners as Arsenal slip up in top-four race
A first home Premier League defeat since August saw Arsenal suffer a 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace.
# stepping down
German FA president resigns over payment and gift scandals
Reinhard Grindel apologised for accepting a €6,000 watch from Hryhoriy Surkis, a UEFA vice-president and honorary president of the Ukrainian football federation.
# talking point
It's time for Unai Emery to bring Ozil back in from the cold
For how much longer can Emery ignore his highest-paid player?
# Luxury
Emery 'picked players who deserved to play' as Ozil absence questioned
The German playmaker sat out the Gunners’ defeat at West Ham.
# Mistake
Arsenal boss apologises after kicking bottle that 'touched' Brighton fan
Unai Emery also expressed frustration with his side’s performance today.
# stand-out
'It was a big performance': Emery hails Ozil after Arsenal's win over Burnley
The German playmaker has endured a testing time of late, but he was back in the starting XI against Burnley and delivered an impressive performance