Arsene Wenger comes out in support of Mesut Ozil's Fenerbahce move, hails Arsenal outcast as 'genius'
The former Arsenal boss signed the German playmaker in 2013 but the relationship has turned sour under current manager Mikel Arteta.
Ozil's last match for Arsenal was in March, a week before football was suspended at the outbreak of the coronavirus, so he might not be match-sharp to start immediately for Fenerbahce.
Despite reportedly being the highest earner at the club, Ozil has not featured since a 1-0 win over West Ham on 7 March.
Ozil moved to Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013 and is the highest paid player in the Premier League club's history, but he has not played all season and does not appear to be in coach Mikel Arteta's plans.
The first north London derby of the season arrives on Sunday with Tottenham and Arsenal in vastly different situations.
It is uncertain who is playing Gunnersaurus in the image, but reports suggested there was a roster of people now playing the part of the dinosaur and that the club had offered Jerry Quy a role.
Ozil is the highest-paid player in Arsenal's history on a reported £350,000 ($450,000) a week, but has also been omitted from the Gunners' Europa League squad.
Premier League: Chelsea include retired Petr Cech in squad as emergency goalkeeper; Arsenal omit Mesut Ozil
Petr Cech's final game before retiring was against Chelsea for Arsenal in the Europa League final in May 2019 before returning to Stamford Bridge in an executive role.
Ozil hasn't played for Arsenal since football restarted in June amid the coronavirus pandemic, leaving his future at the club in question.
Premier League: Unwanted Arsenal star Mesut Ozil wants to help unwanted club mascot Gunnersaurus by paying wages
Out-of-favour Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil offered to reimburse the club the full salary of Jerry Quy — the man who fills their dinosaur mascot — as long as the German remains a player with the Londoners.
'We have a power we don't even know': Demba Ba urges football fraternity to 'stand up' over China's Uighurs
Demba Ba joins Arsenal's Mesut Ozil in breaking ranks over China's treatment of its Uighurs.
Arsenal did not criticise Ozil for making the comments, but instead posted on their page on the Chinese social media site Weibo that the club "always adheres to the principles" of not getting involved in politics.
Ozil was absent as Arsenal beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final on 1 August, but he will not allow the club to force him out before his contract expires in June 2021.
Premier League: Mikel Arteta says he understands Mesut Ozil’s disappointment but will pick players based only on form
Arteta said that he was fully aware of what Ozil has to offer, having lined up alongside him for three years during his playing days.
Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 'thinking about launching an esports team' after virtual Formula 1 debut
Arsenal’s top-scoring striker and captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who raced for McLaren in Sunday’s virtual Monaco Formula One Grand Prix, is considering setting up his own esports team.
Premier League: Mesut Ozil says he feels Arsenal have improved a lot under manager Mikel Arteta despite recent struggles
Arsenal are 10th in the Premier League on 31 points, 10 behind fourth-placed Chelsea, but Ozil said the players are still targeting a Champions League qualification spot with 13 games left to play.
Premier League: A month in, Mikel Arteta's task at Arsenal is to control what can’t be controlled and lead Gunners back to glory
Arteta played at the base of Arsenal’s midfield and outwitted more physical opponents with his intelligence. His CV and real-life skill set are impeccable. But will it be enough to navigate his way through a complicated Arsenal?
Premier League: Frank Lampard's Chelsea exploit Arsenal's anxiety to script late comeback victory against London rivals
Arsenal conceding two late goals in quick succession to their bitter city rivals turned the bugle blow for a new era at the Emirates a screeching, panning klaxon of all the qualities they lack.
Premier League: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta lauds Mesut Ozil's performance vs Chelsea, hopes playmaker can 'sustain that level'
On Sunday against Chelsea, Ozil had one of his best games of an otherwise miserable season in which he has provided just one assist in 10 Premier League appearances.