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Mesut Ozil’s agent has claimed the former Arsenal midfielder will switch to eSports at the end of his playing days as the German midfielder continues to be hunted by Fenerbahce.

The Turkish club dropped Ozil from their first-team squad in the spring for disciplinary reasons – a return looking unlikely for the 33-year-old.

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Fenerbahce head coach Jorge Jesus says the most important factor is the club itself, not players like Mesut Ozil.

“He will go into eSports more, play himself and maybe become an eSports athlete,” said Dr. Erkut Sogut. the Daily Telegraph.

“He’s really good, to be honest, at Fortnite and I think one day I wouldn’t be surprised if he was competing.

“He’s got a team – M10 Esports – and he’s got players. He’s got a gaming house in Germany. He’s got football, like FIFA and Fortnite.”

In March, Ozil was dropped from the Fenerbahce first team after being substituted at half-time in a game at Konyaspor, despite having captained the side and being one of their key players since arriving in Istanbul in January 2021.

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Mesut Ozil says it’s a ‘dream’ to join Fenerbahce after moving from Arsenal on a free transfer (Photos courtesy @fenerbahce).

Ozil was a vital attacking figure for Ismail Kartal’s side last season, scoring nine goals and registering three assists in all competitions.

Turkish club president Ali Koc announced late last year that Ozil was ‘unhappy’ at the club due to a desire to play more, but revealed manager Kartal was struggling to draw the best of the midfield.

“Ozil wants to play more,” Koc said in November. “From now on he has to focus on his game and keep his business interests at bay. He has to think about contributing to Fenerbahce.

“Our coach must also try to figure out how to get the best out of Ozil. There is no problem, despite what the media say. Mesut is unhappy because he is not playing regularly.”

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Mesut Ozil trained with his new Fenerbahçe teammates for the first time on Sunday after signing a three-and-a-half-year contract.

Why did Ozil leave Arsenal?

The former Germany international left Arsenal under a cloud of controversy last year after the midfielder fell out with Gunners manager Mikel Arteta.

The Spaniard exiled the German, despite signing a £350,000-a-week contract at the Emirates Stadium, for not adhering to the ‘non-negotiables’ that Arteta wanted from his players.

Arteta kicked Ozil out of his Premier League and Europa League squads at the start of last season, meaning the midfielder hasn’t played a single competitive minute for the Gunners between his last appearance for the club in March 2020 and his departure in January 2021.

Ozil left Arsenal under a similar cloud of controversy last year
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Ozil left Arsenal under a similar cloud of controversy last year

During his final season at the Emirates Stadium, Ozil accused Arsenal of not returning their loyalty. He also went against the club’s decision to let team mascot Gunnersaurus go as games were played behind closed doors – by offering to reimburse the wages of Jerry Quy, the employee who donned the dinosaur costume.

Meanwhile, in 2019, Arsenal distanced themselves from accusations made by Ozil towards China, with the German claiming the country persecutes Uyghur Muslims.

When Ozil was left out of the Gunners first team at the start of the 2020-21 season, the midfielder posted on social media: “I’m really deeply disappointed that I haven’t been signed up for the Premier League season at the moment.

“When signing my new contract in 2018, I pledged loyalty and allegiance to the club I love, Arsenal, and it saddens me that it was not reciprocated.

“As I just found out, loyalty is hard to come by these days. I always tried to stay positive from week to week that there might be a chance to come back to the team soon. . That’s why I’ve been silent so far.”

Ozil helped Arsenal win three FA Cups during his time in north London, making over 250 appearances for the Gunners.

The German failed to score in his first half season at Fenerbahce but had netted eight league goals for the club this season.

Ozil fell out with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta (right) in a similar cloud of controversy
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Ozil fell out with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta (right) in a similar cloud of controversy

Ozil’s mixed legacy at Arsenal

Sky Sports’ Nick Wright speaking in January 2021:

“Ozil arrived at the Emirates Stadium as one of the game’s most exciting creative talents. A sumptuously gifted playmaker who lit up the 2010 World Cup with Germany and whose assists for Real Madrid – including there were plenty – had made him Cristiano Ronaldo’s favorite team-mate.

“It took just 11 minutes of his debut, a 3-1 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, for Ozil to record his first for Arsenal, deftly controlling a long pass from Kieran Gibbs then handing the ball to Olivier Giroud Finally, there would be many more moments like this in the years to come.

“Ozil has always had different sides to him. Good and bad. Breathtaking and head-scratching. But few players can match his technical genius. Few can even see the game the way he does, let alone do the things he does with the ball at his feet.

“His first two years in north London brought back-to-back FA Cups either side of a World Cup triumph with Germany. his third that it really clicked for him at Arsenal.His 2015/16 season was a heady display of craftsmanship and creativity.

“During this campaign, Ozil has scored 28 goals in 45 appearances. He has provided 19 Premier League assists, one shy of Thierry Henry’s record, and created 146 chances, a staggering total which remains the highest in only one season since Opta started setting records almost two decades ago.

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has said he was letting Mesut Ozil leave the club because he wanted to “take the team in a different direction”.

“The year 2018 summed up the highs and lows of his career at Arsenal, starting with the signing of a new contract worth £350,000 a week and ending with the unceremonious loss of his place in the team.

“In the meantime, Ozil has lost Wenger, his most ardent supporter at Arsenal, and has announced his international retirement after a tumultuous World Cup campaign with Germany.

” Unai Emery [Wenger’s successor] certainly felt that motivation was an issue. He talked about “causing friction” with Ozil in order to get the best out of him in an interview with sky sports in January 2019. But those efforts were unsuccessful, culminating in Ozil’s omission just months into his tenure.

Ozil, seemingly unwilling to adhere to Arteta’s ‘non-negotiables’ and unable to replicate his creative output from past seasons, has been left in the background, a costly drain on resources at a time when the club in desperately needed.

“Arteta insists he gave Ozil every chance to win back his place in the team before dropping him out of his Premier League and Europa League squads, the implication being that he won’t failed to take them.”

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