Martin Keown ‘saddened’ by Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal demise ahead of Fenerbahce transfer

Mesut Ozil is on the brink of leaving Arsenal to join Fenerbahce (Picture: Getty)

Martin Keown admits he has been ‘saddened’ by Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal demise which now looks certain to culminate in a free transfer to Fenerbahce.

The former Real Madrid superstar has been deemed surplus to requirements by Mikel Arteta and has spent the first six months of the season as a total outcast having been omitted from the club’ domestic and European squads.

Ozil had outlined his desire to see out the final six months of his £350,000-a-week contract and had been hoping to be reinstated this month, but with Arteta unwilling to perform a U-turn, despite his side’s indifferent form, the 32-year-old has now come to an agreement with the club at which he has spent the last seven-and-a-half years.

Club legend Keown, meanwhile, has been a regular critic of Ozil’s throughout his turbulent Arsenal career but admits his slow demise doesn’t sit will with him.

He told the BBC: ‘I find it really sad that a player of that ability has not been able to finish his career in the right way at Arsenal football club.

Mesut Ozil hasn’t played a competitive game for Arsenal since March 2020 (Picture: Getty)

‘You cannot drop when you have got that technical ability and the vision he has as a player. What’s happening that you drop so much?

‘It has to be about the way you are applying yourself. And if he wasn’t doing that properly on the training ground, the manager has to make a change.

‘The football club now needs to look to the future and these youngsters bring so much promise.

‘So we can afford to let the Ozils go if they are not going to really give it everything for the football club.’

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