Arsenal hope to bring midfielder back to the club

As per a report from TalkSport today, Arsenal will attempt to re-sign midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup, who is now plying his trade for Turkish outfit Besiktas.

Surplus to requirements

Ozyakup, a 25-year-old central/attacking midfielder, spent four years with Arsenal’s youth setup from 2008 to 2012, having arrived at the club from Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar.

However, the technically-gifted starlet failed to make the grade amongst the wealth of talents available to Arsene Wenger in North London, and was eventually sold to Besiktas 5 years ago for a paltry £400,000.


In the end, a move away from the Emirates proved the best possible decision for Ozyakup, with the Dutch-born Turkish international having since gone on to establish himself as an absolute mainstay in Besiktas’ midfield, as well as being named the club’s captain.

He has also managed to rack up 30 caps for the Turkey, with Arda Turan having previously stated that Ozyakup is the man to take over leadership of the national team when he decides to hang up his boots.

Over the last two seasons in the Turkish top-flight, the former Arsenal man has racked up an impressive 14 goals and 14 assists, with his contributions having helped steer his side to a momentous Super Lig crown last season.

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PL return?

Ozyakup’s stellar performances in Turkey have not gone unnoticed, with a number of Premier League sides having been linked with his signature during the summer.

And, as per the aforementioned report from TalkSport, the goalscoring midfielder’s former club, Arsenal, have now joined his list of suitors.

The Gunners are known to be in the market for midfield reinforcements, with Santi Cazorla struggling with a long-term injury and Mesut Ozil expected to leave the club next summer.

As such, the capital outfit are rumoured to be readying a £10 million bid for Ozyakup, though such an offer looks highly likely to be rejected.

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