9pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Mesut Ozil ARRIVES to seal Fenerbahce move, Edouard for Lacazette, Aouar update

9pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Mesut Ozil ARRIVES to seal Fenerbahce move, Edouard for Lacazette, Aouar update

January 17, 2021

MESUT OZIL has ARRIVED in Istanbul to finalise his move from Arsenal to Fenerbahce.

The Gunners assist king has said goodbye to his team-mates and is putting pen to paper.

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  • William Pugh

    MES FINALLY TIDIED

    The Mesut Ozil saga at Arsenal will soon come to an end after he touched down in Turkey to complete his transfer to Fenerbahce.

    And the Turkish side were quick to share the snaps with their followers online.

  • William Pugh

    TURKISH DELIGHT

    Mesut Ozil has touched down in Turkey to complete his switch to Fenerbahce.

    The Arsenal outcast jetted to Istanbul on Sunday after he was given permission to sign for the Super Lig club on a free transfer.

    Fenerbahce uploaded pictures of the 32-year-old stepping off a private jet alongside the caption: “Our club is bringing Mesut Ozil to Istanbul to continue the transfer process.”

    Ozil also showed off a picture inside the plane alongside wife Amine Gulse and their daughter, Eda.

    Earlier in the weekend, Arsenal had agreed to terminate the £350k-a-week star’s contract.

    Ozil waved goodbye to the Emirates in a post on Instagram before saying his farewells to his Gunners team-mates.

  • William Pugh

    OZ ON THE WAY

    Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil is travelling to Istanbul to complete his transfer to Fenerbahce.

    The playmaker took to Instagram and posted a cute family snap with flags of the Turkish club in the background.

    The caption only included emojis and included blue and yellow hearts, an aeroplane and the word 'soon'.

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    A post shared by Mesut Özil (@m10_official)

  • William Pugh

    GETTING TEN-SE

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are locked in a battle to win Arsenal’s No10 jersey after Mesut Ozil confirmed he would leave the club.

    The German playmaker’s proposed move to Fenerbahce isn’t even official yet. But the Gunners‘ two most-senior strikers are still itching to take on Ozil’s soon-to-be vacant No10 jersey.

    Club captain Aubameyang currently wears the No14, with Lacazette owning the No9. And it appears they’re both chasing the No10 jersey, based on their latest Instagram exchange.

    Lacazette shared a picture of himself and Auba mimicking the famous Spider-Man pointing at Spider-Man meme. The Frenchman captioned the post: “When you both want the number 10.”

    Aubameyang appeared to gracefully step aside, replying, “They said they put it away”, complete with laughing and cry-laughing emojis.

    But the skipper continued: “All yours my bro.”

     

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ICYMI

    Tariq Lamptey has signed a bumper new deal at Brighton to ward off transfer interest from Arsenal.

    The right-back, 20, tied himself down at the south-coast club until the end of the 2024-25 season.

    A string of fine performances alerted transfer interest from the likes of the Gunners as well as European giants Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid.

    Lamptey is understood to have earned a significant pay rise from the £14,000 per week he was originally on at the Amex following his £4million transfer.

    It comes as a blow to the Gunners, with current right back Hector Bellerin subject to continued speculation over a possible transfer to Barcelona.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    OFF THE BOOKS

    Mesut Ozil's imminent transfer to Fenerbahce means the Gunners will finally have his mammoth wages off their books.

    This is how much the German international was earning at the Emirates, despite not playing a game since March.

     

  • Giacomo Pisa

    INCOMING OZIL

    Mesut Ozil has tweeted a picture of his 'MO' logo in Fenerbahce's club colours – yellow and blue.

    He even made it his Twitter avatar to further hammer home his commitment to his boyhood club.

    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano reports that Ozil will sign his contract tomorrow morning, finally ending his ongoing saga in North London.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TRAINING PICS

    The Gunners are hard at work ahead of tomorrow's clash with Newcastle at the Emirates.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SCRAP FOR SANSON

    Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson is subject to interest from a host of Premier League clubs.

    According to Sportsmail Aston Villa have begun talks with the 26-year-old, with West Ham, Arsenal and Spurs also battling for his signature.

    The Gunners have been linked with the versatile midfielder, with Mikel Arteta desperate to freshen things up in the middle of the park.

    Sanson has entered the final eighteen months of his Marseille contract meaning the club may be forced to cash in for as little as £20million.

    Speaking in his post match press conference after the 2-1 home defeat to Nimes, Marseille boss Andre Villas-Boas said: "We'll see. The transfer window is open, Sanson is a player who is highly rated.

    "Officially, we have not received any offers, unless it happened during the match.

    "He is a boy who interests English teams because of his characteristics, and it is possible that something could happen."

    Credit: REUTERS
  • Giacomo Pisa

    DOUBLE BOOST

    Gunners fans will be delighted with the return of Gabriel Martinelli after the 19-year-old injured his ankle in the warm up of the FA Cup clash with Newcastle.

    Martinelli has missed the last two games but is available for selection tomorrow night, with Kieran Tierney's inclusion also a possibility.

    Tierney faces a last minute fitness test after missing the Crystal Palace draw with a tight calf, but is expected to feature tomorrow night.

    It's a double boost for Arsenal fans, with the two players both fan favourites at the Emirates.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TEAM NEWS

    Arsenal's official website have posted injury updates ahead of tomorrow night's clash with Newcastle.

    Gabriel Martinelli is back in full training and is available after an ankle injury.

    Pablo Mari has a calf strain and is unlikely to feature.

    Kieran Tierney has recovered from a tight calf and is back in training with a decision to be made on the Scotsman's involvement in the game tomorrow.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    IT'S A NO FOR NETO

    Arsenal have reportedly been rebuffed in their approach for Barcelona backup goalkeeper Neto.

    The Brazilian benchwarmer at the Nou Camp has been linked with the Gunners for some time, but now Teamtalk are reporting that former Valencia man Neto will be going nowhere.

    Mikel Arteta is eager to add a goalkeeper to their ranks, with Alex Runarsson failing to impress since his summer move from Dijon.

    However it now seems unlikely that the 31-year-old Neto will become an Arsenal man this transfer window.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    WANT NO MOR

    Piers Morgan has branded Mesut Ozil a 'lazy, manipulative wastrel' ahead of the German's imminent Fenerbahce transfer.

    The Arsenal-loving TV presenter is never one to mince his words and took to Twitter to air his thoughts on the outgoing playmaker.

    Morgan tweeted: "Loved @MesutOzil1088 when he first came to Arsenal.

    "World-class player with a sublime natural talent.

    "Now I can’t wait to see the back of the lazy manipulative £350,000-a-week wastrel.

    "You could have been a club legend, Mesut – but you just couldn’t be bothered. Bye."

  • sstreet

    'WELCOME TO YOUR HOME'

    The Turkish Presidency spokesman has had his say on Mesut Ozil's imminent move to Fenerbahce.

    Ibrahim Kalin tweeted: "Welcome to your home, home, dear @MesutOzil1088."

    Ozil is a close friend of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was best man at his wedding.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    NEW NUMBER?

    Soon to be Fenerbahce man Mesut Ozil has posted a cryptic tweet to Twitter, perhaps revealing his new shirt number.

    Arsenal outcast Ozil's turbulent time at the Emirates is soon to be at an end, with Ozil reportedly set to be a Fenerbahce player by the end of the day.

  • sstreet

    PLANE TALKING

    Mesut Ozil will fly to Istanbul to complete his move to Fenerbahce tonight.

    SunSport earlier revealed that Ozil would say goodbye to his team-mates at Arsenal's London Colney training ground today.

    And The AFC Bell are now reporting that Fener president Ali Koc's plane is on its way to London.

    The Arabic language account adds that Ozil is expected to arrive in Istanbul at midnight local time – 9pm in the UK.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    LACA TO LEAVE?

    Alexandre Lacazette is subject to interest from Atletico Madrid according to Spanish outlet AS.

    The 29-year-old Frenchman is into the final eighteen months of his contract at the Emirates, with negotiations for a new one yet to get underway.

    That could mean the Gunners have to cash in on Lacazette in January or the summer, with Diego Simeone eager to add an experienced head to his front line to partner Luis Suarez.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Giacomo Pisa

    GUNNERS BLOW

    Brighton right back Tariq Lamptey has penned a new deal with the Seagulls which will keep him at the club until 2025.

    Lamptey was a target for Arsenal this transfer window, with Hector Bellerin widely linked with a move to Barcelona.

    20-year-old Lamptey has impressed for Graham Potter's side this campaign, with five goal involvements in nineteen games in all competitions.

    Lamptey has only been on the south coast for twelve months after joining from Chelsea's academy, but it looks like he's there to stay.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    EDDIE'S ON FIRE

    After Thursday evening's borefest against Crystal Palace Gunners fans will be hoping to see some finishing like this from Eddie Nketiah next time out.

    Newcastle are the visitors to the Emirates tomorrow, just eight days after the two sides met in the FA Cup third round.

  • Daniel Brookes

    AUBA TO YOU

    Tony Cascarino has warned Mikel Arteta he could end up with another Mesut Ozil situation given Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's poor form.

    Aubameyang signed a new three-year deal at the Emirates in September, but has scored just three Premier League goals this season.

    Ex-West Ham striker Cascarino told talkSPORT: "I feel really awkward about Arsenal and talking about Aubameyang because I’m talking about a guy with an incredible goalscoring record.

    "But he hasn’t had one this year and I’m feeling like it’s Ozil 2.0.

    "They’ve given him this ridiculous contract that’s so big, even though we all might go, ‘it should have been done, he’s been brilliant, he’s played such a high level of football that he’s got to be given the crown jewels’.

    "I’m not convinced Arsenal will keep going down this road of paying these players a wage that is way above other players at the football club."

  • Daniel Brookes

    OZIL YOU LATER

    Mesut Ozil will travel to Arsenal's London Colney training ground today to say goodbye to his teammates ahead of his move to Fenerbahce.

    The Athletic revealed yesterday Ozil had agreed to terminate his Arsenal contract, with a view to moving to Istanbul.

    The 32-year-old was understood to be due £7m between now and the end of the season before a compromise was reached.

    Ozil is expected to jet to Turkey tomorrow to undergo a medical and reports suggest he will sign a three and a half year deal with his boyhood club.

  • Daniel Brookes

    RUNARSSON LATEST

    Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell believes goalkeeper Alex Runarsson cannot be allowed to leave on loan without the club signing a replacement.

    The Iceland international joined the Gunners from Dijon in the summer but has had a shaky start to life as Bernd Leno's No2.

    Campbell told Football Insider: “We would have to sign a replacement before we let him go. 

    “I think they are going to loan him out. 

    “Look, at the end of the day, they mentioned in the summer that they could not sign the goalkeeper that they wanted. They had to get someone in and Runarsson is probably a third choice.

    “Runarsson’s performances have proven that he is not quite ready for a club like Arsenal yet. Get him out on loan and let him get some minutes. 

    “In the mean time get somebody in who can deputise for Leno, who really is excelling right now.”  

    Runarsson is believed to have held talks with a European club regarding an exit, after being told he could leave Arsenal before the end of the window.

  • Daniel Brookes

    WOOD STOCK

    Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Wooodman is the latest name on Arsenal's goalkeeping shortlist, according to Football.London.

    The 23-year-old has spent the last 18 months on loan at Swansea City and has impressed during his time in the Championship.

    The former Crystal Palace youth keeper has kept a league-high 14 clean sheets in 23 games this season, conceding just 12 goals.

    Woodman has been tracked by the Gunners since last season, and his father, Andy, is Head of Goalkeeping at Arsenal.

  • Daniel Brookes

    BALO-GONE

    Arsenal are willing to sell promising striker Folarin Balogun this month, according to All Nigeria Soccer.

    The 19-year-old forward is out of contract at the end of this season, and the Gunners are prepared to cash in now to avoid losing him on a free transfer.

    The report states Arsenal are prepared to freeze Balogun out of first-team action if he chooses to run down the remainder of his deal.

    Balogun reportedly has 15 clubs in England and abroad chasing his signature.

  • sstreet

    TIME TURK GO

    Mesut Ozil could not have left a stronger hint that he is about to join Fenerbahce.

    On Twitter, the departing Gunners star yesterday posted a yellow and blue heart in response to one of the Turkish club's posts.

    SunSport exclusively revealed that Ozil will say goodbye to his Arsenal team-mates at their London Colney training ground today.

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