Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed Mesut Ozil to thrive once he returns to playing for new club Fenerbahce, calling him “the biggest transfer” of the January window.
Ozil is leaving Arsenal seven and a half years after becoming the club’s record by signing a £ 42.5million transfer from Real Madrid. Sometimes one of the Premier League’s best attacking players, the 2014 World Cup winner was completely frozen in the dying stages of last season.
Ozil, now 32, had long had to move to Turkey before retiring and Wenger has expressed his belief that the move will give the player the fresh start and platform he needs.
“I’m sure he’s frustrated that he didn’t play. His hunger must be absolutely [enormous] play football again. Mesut is a guy who needs a warm environment and I think he will find it more than anywhere else in Turkey ”, said Wenger be in sports.
“I met his father when I signed him and you can see that there is a strong attachment to Turkey and a great interest in the Turkish league. I could still feel a strong Turkish connection. “
The former Gunners boss knows Ozil better than anyone, having been the one who took him to Arsenal in 2013 and worked closely with him for five seasons.
“Fenerbahce is a great club. There is a huge fan base out there and they must be absolutely thrilled to have a player like Mesut Ozil play for their club, ”Wenger added.
The Frenchman, who has taken on a development role at FIFA since leaving management, went on to describe Ozil as a “genius”, praising his passing and comparing him to the conductor.
“If the timing is right around him, the timing of the pass will be perfect and the quality of the pass will be perfect. He will definitely be the biggest transfer of the January window as the football world is a bit quiet, ”Wenger explained.
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