Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has been a controversial figure at the North London club over the past years especially after he signed a lucrative new contract in February 2018. Ozil was given a new Arsenal deal worth £350,000 weekly while legendary manager Arsene Wenger and former chief executive Ivan Gazidis were still running the affairs at the Emirates Stadium and that made him the highest earner in the history of Arsenal.
Since he signed that three-year Arsenal deal two years ago, Ozil has been scrutinised more than before. The Turkish-born German player has been in the news on several occasions from criticisms as a result of his average performances on the pitch.
Ozil quickly found out that the big weekly wages came with serious expectations from fans and pundits who expected him to pull his weight on the pitch everytime. It is safe to say that he has not met those expectations and that prompted the criticisms.
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The ex-German international also made the news severally while former manager Unai Emery was in North London as he was dropped from the matchday squad consistently. He has since regained his place in the team with the exit of Unai Emery in November 2019.
Ozil is a regular customer in the media and his latest bromance with the media has to do with him rejecting the pay cut caused by the current Coronavirus pandemic. Mesut Ozil was said to be one of the three Arsenal players that kicked against the pay cut idea.
Ozil was furious that Arsenal leaked the news of the pay cut rejection to the media plus he was the only player mentioned while the identity of the other two players opposed to the arrangement was not revealed. The situation led to reports that Ozil is considering his exit from the club with one year left to go on his contract.
Turkish Super League giants Fenerbahce have a long-term interest in Ozil but his weekly wages could be a stumbling block plus the player has always maintained that he would only leave Arsenal at the end of his present contract which is next summer.
Transfer Ratings for Mesut Ozil to Fenerbahce: 2/10.