Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has admitted that Mesut Ozil has a “big history” at the Emirates Stadium and his quality will be missed.
Ozil is currently in Turkey to complete some final agreements ahead of his move to boyhood dream club Fenerbahce which will bring his eight-year spell at Arsenal to an end.
The 32-year-old has been sidelined at Arsenal, with his last appearance for the club in March 2020.
Arteta reportedly favors younger players, with Emile Smith Rowe replacing Ozil at the central attacking midfield.
Ozil was also not registered in Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads this season and has been free to talk to other clubs since the beginning of January with his Gunners deal due to expire in the summer.
Arteta said: “Mesut is in Turkey going through the medical that has to be completed. There is still some paperwork that has to be done but it doesn’t matter – Mesut’s quality will be missed.
“He’s a very special player who has a big history in this football club and if he ends up doing the deal when it happens I will give my clear opinion on that.”
Ozil leaves Arsenal having played a key part in back-to-back FA Cup successes in his first two seasons.