On Sunday, Mesut Ozil’s transfer to Fenerbahce was finally confirmed and he made a long farewell to the fans of Arsenal on social media.
The former Real Madrid man took Twitter to say goodbye to the supporters soon after the news broke.
He wrote: “Dear Gunners, 7-5 years. Nearly 3,000 days. It feels strange to be writing this message after such a long time here in London. Since the moment I arrived, it has felt like home,” the message began.
“I was welcomed with open arms by all the Arsenal staff, my teammates, and most importantly the incredible fans. I will always be grateful for the trust placed in me by Arsene Wenger in September of 2013.”
“I’ve grown up as an adult in north London, a place I can always call home. I’ll never forget that. Being with Arsenal for so long has meant I’ve experienced a big mix of ups and downs. Over 250 games, 44 goals and 71 assists later, it’s time that Arsenal and I finally part ways.”
“Together, we ended the club’s nine-year trophy drought and brought long-needed silverware back to the fans who deserved it. It is difficult for me to put into words the love I feel for this club and the fans.”
“How could I possibly describe eight years of gratitude in a single letter? Whilst I may be no longer playing for the club, I will continue to support them in every game they play. I will be a Gunner for life – no doubt about that. Now more than ever we must all be behind the team. This season is a tough one for every team in the Premier League, and that is why we must all back the current squad and staff no matter the results.”