Reports stemming from the Turkish media this afternoon suggest that Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil could be set for a January loan move to Fenerbahce.
Ozil the enigma
Ozil, who splits opinion among fans and pundits alike due to his languid style on the pitch, has been plying his trade at the Emirates stadium since 2013, when he made the move from Real Madrid for 50 million Euro.
After playing a key role over his early seasons in north London, though, the last couple of years have seen the German struggle.
A combination of poor form, fitness struggles and what all has all too frequently appeared to be a basic lack of effort, have seen Ozil slip down the pecking order, particularly since the arrival of Unai Emery last summer.
Last season saw the 30-year-old manage starts in just 20 of Arsenal’s Premier League outings.
The early months of the new campaign, meanwhile, have proven even more of a struggle for Ozil.
To this point, across the Gunners’ 8 league fixtures, the gifted midfield creator has notched just a solitary start.
As such, recent reports have suggested that Arsenal could even be willing to loan Ozil out upon the opening of the winter transfer window.
And, as per a report from Turkish outlet Takvim (via the Guardian) this afternoon, one club hopeful of taking advantage of the capital outfit’s stance on the German international are Fenerbahce.
Super Lig giants Fener are said to have opened negotiations with the board at the Emirates, over the possibility of a January loan deal.
Such a move would likely see Arsenal continue to subsidise part of Ozil’s hefty £350,000-per-week wages, with Fenerbahce seemingly optimistic regarding their chances of pushing a transfer over the line.