Mikel Arteta and Edu’s message to Mesut Ozil as Fenerbahce transfer confirmed

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and director Edu have sent their goodbye messages to Mesut Ozil as his transfer to Fenrbahce was confirmed.

The German has officially left the north London side, having flown out to Turkey earlier this month after agreeing a three-year deal.

It ends his seven-year stay with the Gunners, having not made an appearance since the 1-0 win over West Ham in March due to a exile from the squad.

Arteta previously commented on Ozil's exit from the squad – but he has given a new statement after the midfielder's move was confirmed.

The Gunners boss said to the club's website: "Mesut’s achievements at Arsenal are undisputed. It was a privilege to play alongside him and, more recently, coach him.

"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.”

While the Gunners' director Edu, who has been heavily involved in negotiations over Ozil's exit, made sure to part on positive terms.

The Brazilian added: “We thank Mesut for his huge contribution to Arsenal. He has made more than 250 appearances, played in three Emirates FA Cup final wins and has given the fans and everyone at the club many wonderful moments on the pitch since he joined us in 2013.

"We would like to thank Mesut and his team for their professionalism during our recent negotiations.

"I know everyone associated with Arsenal will join me in wishing Mesut and his family the best of health, success and happiness in the next chapter of his career.”

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Ozil also made his own statement, saying: “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."

Ozil also did his part to leave the club on a happy note by making a heartwarming request to the Gunners.

His exit has seen the Gunners turn to Real Madrid outcast Martin Odegaard to fill the gap in their attacking midfield.

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