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Arteta: Playing with and coaching Ozil was a privilege

Sun 24 January 2021 | 15:19

The Gunners boss has praised the German midfielder after his long-awaited Arsenal exit.

Mesut Ozil

completed his transfer to

Fenerbahce

on Sunday as he ended his eight-year spell at Emirates. The former

Real Madrid

star played 254 matches for Arsenal and managed to win four FA Cup trophies with the English side. However, the last year was a complete disappointment for the German as Mikel Arteta left him out of the team’s squad lists for both the Premier League and Europa League. Ahead of the Gunners' Tuesday match against

Southampton

, Arteta has spoken about Mesut Ozil and his departure from the club.

“Mesut’s achievements at Arsenal are undisputed. It was a privilege to play alongside him and, more recently, coach him,"

he told 

the club's website

.

"His creativity and vision led to many goals during his time in the Arsenal shirt. Mesut was at the heart of many great moments for this club over the years, including those three FA Cup final wins.

"These successes will always be part of our history. We thank Mesut and wish him all the best with Fenerbahce."

Mesut Ozil has said that he will never forget his time at Arsenal and thanked the club for their cooperation in finalizing his move to Fenerbahce. 

“I’d like to thank the club for this amazing journey over the past seven-and-a-half years,

"The support I have felt from the team and fans during my time here has been truly incredible and something I will always be grateful for. Together we won trophies for the first time in years and created memories that will last a lifetime. The Arsenal fans will forever remain in my heart.

"I’d like to thank Edu Gaspar for helping bring about a professional and dignified solution in the past few days, and I wish everyone at the club the best in their attempt to continue to bring Arsenal back to the top, where we belong."


source: SportMob