Mesut Ozil’s time at Arsenal was a rollercoaster one, to say the least.
Fans went wild when Ozil was signed in the summer of 2013 for a then-record fee of £42.5million, joining from Real Madrid after a hugely successful stint with the Spanish giants.
The former Germany international then enjoyed a successful few years at the Emirates Stadium, clinching three FA Cups in his first four seasons whilst also creating a plethora of chances under Arsene Wenger‘s stewardship.
However, the silky playmaker fell out of favour under current head coach Mikel Arteta, who decided against registering him for both the Premier League and Europa League squads last season, meaning he was unable to play for the first half of the 2020/21 campaign.
Eventually, his contract was mutually terminated in January of this year before he opted to join Turkish outfit Fenerbahce, a club he supported growing up.
Now, Fenerbahce president Ali Koc has criticised the 33-year-old, claiming that he needs to focus more on his footballing endeavours.
Koc said: “Yes, Mesut Özil rightfully wants to play more often. Our manager knows what Mesut can do. Pereira has no prejudices against Mesut.
“Mesut returned to the country he fell in love with. He wants to prove the world to himself. Everyone here loves Mesut. He loves it. Mesut has returned to the country he fell in love with, the team he adores.
“I want him to be good as much as the championship. Now he has to focus on his job. He should put aside commercial affairs and concentrate on what he will do for Fenerbahce. We all know what Mesut can do.
“Our manager has no prejudices against Mesut. He, too, needs to put his business aside and focus on his work.”