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MESUT OZIL is set to finally leave Arsenal after reportedly agreeing a deal to terminate his contract.

Should everything be tied up with the Gunners, that would allow him to join Fenerbahce as a free agent.

Follow all the latest from the Emirates below...

  • MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    SunSport can exclusively reveal Mesut Ozil will say goodbye to his Arsenal team-mates today ahead of a free transfer to Fenerbahce.

    The midfielder has reached an agreement with Emirates chiefs to terminate his contract — due to expire this summer — after waiving a chunk of his remaining £7million salary.

    German World Cup winner Ozil is desperate to play football again after being frozen out by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta since March.

    And talks between Ozil, 32, his agent Erkut Sogut and Gunners technical director Edu agreed the player can end his exile and join his boyhood Turkish club as a free agent.

    Ozil is set to complete the move to Fenerbahce this week once the final details of his contract termination are signed.

    Sunsport understands he agreed to give up a portion of his remaining salary so he could leave the club on good terms.

    He is due at the London Colney training ground this morning, where he will say farewell to team-mates before tomorrow’s clash with Newcastle.

    Elsewhere, Mikel Arteta refused to confirm Thomas Partey will start against Newcastle on Monday.

    He said: “Well he’s made the right step.

    “Obviously he hasn’t played much football in the last four months. He had an injury in exactly the same place he had before when he got injured against Spurs

    “Now we have the reassurance that he can compete. He did it for 25, 30 minutes.

    “He did it well, he didn’t feel anything so now we’re going to be looking for the next step.”

  • LAST HURRAH - EXCLUSIVE

    Mesut Ozil will say goodbye to his Arsenal team-mates on Sunday ahead of a free transfer to Fenerbahce.

    The midfielder has reached an agreement with Emirates chiefs to terminate his contract — due to expire this summer — after waiving a chunk of his remaining £7million salary.

    German World Cup winner Ozil is desperate to play football again after being frozen out by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta since March.

    And talks between Ozil, 32, his agent Erkut Sogut and Gunners technical director Edu agreed the player can end his exile and join his boyhood Turkish club as a free agent.

    Ozil is set to complete the move to Fenerbahce this week once the final details of his contract termination are signed.

    Sunsport understands he agreed to give up a portion of his remaining salary so he could leave the club on good terms.

    He is due at the London Colney training ground Sunday morning, where he will say farewell to team-mates before tomorrow’s clash with Newcastle.

  • RIP GEOFF

    Former Arsenal goalkeeper Geoff Barnett died yesterday after losing his battle against coronavirus.

    Barnett played for the Gunners between 1969 and 1976 and the North Londoners paid tribute on Twitter.

  • 'MORE THAN EVER'

    Mikel Arteta says it was more important than ever to stick to his beliefs during Arsenal's recent poor run of form.

    The Gunners have battled back in recent games but the Spaniard never wavered from his favoured style of play.

    He said: "Yes, in my opinion more than ever.

    "Things can be a bit difficult to see but you have to be able to see and analyse everything that happens, but as well adapt.

    "You cannot be so stuck, sometimes you have to adapt and change some things to try to move and shake things around a little bit to try to find a way.

    "But the margins of this game, a very low-scoring game, win or not win, they are [tight] margins for that."

  • MIK-XED FEELINGS

    Mikel Arteta says the feelings he has with the players got him through Arsenal's recent run of poor form.

    Speaking ahead of Newcastle's visit to the Emirates on Monday, he said: "First, you need support from the club, that is for sure, then you need to feel as well what your fans and supporters can see what you are trying to build.

    "Then the most important part for me is the feeling you have with the players.

    "When you feel that the players are on board and they are really trying for you, that they are behind you, that gives you a big energy.

    "Probably when you feel that the players are lost and not behind you, that is difficult."

  • GOT A BIG ART

    Mikel Arteta feels bad for Steve Bruce amid Newcastle's awful run of form.

    The Magpies travel to the Emirates on Monday and Arteta sympathises given his own recent troubles.

    Asked if he felt for Bruce, Arteta said: "Absolutely. When you are sitting in one of these chairs, you suffer and you have a lot of empathy for your colleagues.

    "We all know what it takes, how much we suffer and as well Brucey is a top guy, a really good manager as well but a top guy too."

  • WORK OF ART

    Mikel Arteta is delighted his side have kept four clean sheets in a row.

    Speaking ahead of Monday's visit of Newcastle, Arteta said: "It's very positive because that s the foundation to win any game, and gives you a great opportunity to go on and win every single game.

    "[Against Crystal Palace] we lacked that quality in the final third, that are needed against teams like Palace.

    "Roy is a manager who gets teams really organised, they have been so successful against big teams over the years because they are a real threat as well in transition and on set pieces.

    "We lacked that against them."

  • HOLD THE PARTEY

    Mikel Arteta refused to confirm Thomas Partey will start against Newcastle.

    He said: "Well he's made the right step.

    "Obviously he hasn't played much football in the last four months. He had an injury in exactly the same place he had before when he got injured against Spurs.

    "Now we have the reassurance that he can compete. He did it for 25, 30 minutes.

    "He did it well, he didn't feel anything so now we're going to be looking for the next step."

  • PABLO OUT

    Mikel Arteta confirmed Pablo Mari will miss Arsenal's game with Newcastle on Monday with a calf injury.

    The Spaniard said: "He had a calf injury in training [on Wednesday].

    "I think he will miss a few matches.

    "He's another one we will lose but we've got Gabi [Magalhaes] back after COVID, which is good news, we've got Thomas back as well.

    "Let's focus on the positives."

  • SANS-ON HIS WAY?

    Reported Arsenal target Morgan Sanson is in talks with an unnamed English club, according to Telefoot.

    The Marseille midfielder, who is valued at around £22.5m, is reportedly the subject of a 'firm offer' from the Premier League.

    Le 10 Sport claimed in December Wolves, Newcastle and West Ham were also interested in the 26-year-old.

    Sanson has made 17 appearances for Marseille this term, scoring two goals and providing three assists.

  • BUEN THERE’S A WILL

    Arsenal are already getting to work on signing a replacement for Mesut Ozil, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    The Italian journalist states that Norwich’s Emi Buendia is the man Mikel Arteta could turn to, with the Gunners having made contact with his agent.

    Romano also stated that Houssem Aouar remains Arsenal’s top target but it is unlikely Lyon will sell during this transfer window as they are competing for the Ligue 1 title.

  • OZIL EXX-IT

    Mesut Ozil's departure from Arsenal has been helped by a Turkish media mogul, according to The Express.

    As reported by The Athletic this morning, the 32-year-old is expected to sign a three and a half year deal with a Fenerbahce on Monday after agreeing to terminate his contract in north London.

    Sky Sports have since reported Ozil's wages will be subsidised by Istanbul company Exxen Media Group, which in return will retain some of Ozil's image rights.

    Exxen is owned by media mogul Acun Ilicali, who is a friend of the former Germany international.

  • TUR DE FORCE

    Mesut Ozil said last week that there were only two clubs he still wanted to play in - Turkey and the United States.

    In the end, those were the exact two options he ended up with.

    Wayne Rooney's former side DC United were keen on signing the Arsenal star but it looks like he has opted for boyhood club Fenerbahce.

  • CREATIVE GENIUS

    Mesut Ozil has created the second most Premier League chances since 2013/14.

    The departing Gunners star is second only to Christian Eriksen.

    However on a per-game basis, Ozil far outstrips his former Spurs rival.

  • BALO-GONE?

    Three teams are leading the race to sign highly-rated Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun, according to reports.

    Sky Italia transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reported this week the 19-year-old has offers from 15 clubs in England and abroad as he weighs up a move this summer.

    Balogun is expected to make a decision on his future later this month and wants assurances over his playing time if he is to commit to the Gunners.

    The USA-born forward has two goals and one assist in four Europa league matches for the Gunners this season, but has yet to appear in the Premier League.

  • PAP'S ALL FOLKS

    Mesut Ozil is not the only player set to leave the Emirates this transfer window.

    Sokratis Papastathopoulos will also be moved on, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    Once those two players are gone, Romano says the Gunners will turn their attention to new signings, with one potential recruit being Norwich's Emi Buendia.

  • BETIS A BET

    Former Manchester City and West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is chasing Arsenal defender Sokratis, according to La Razon.

    The now-Real Betis manager is hoping to add the Greek international to his squad to strengthen La Liga's worst defence.

    The Times reported earlier this month Sokratis had been in discussions over terminating his contract.

    The 32-year-old was left out of Mikel Arteta's Premier League squad at the stsart of the season and his current deal expires in June.

  • GUNNED DOWN

    In an interview with The Athletic in August, Mesut Ozil made clear that he still wanted to play for Arsenal until his contract expired this summer.

    However, David Ornstein reports that he became open to a move when Mikel Arteta dropped him from both the Premier League and Europa League squads in October and gave him too little notice to find a new club.

    Neither Ozil or Arsenal anticipated that he would be re-registered for the second half of the season, so the player's hand was forced.

    And with the decision coming down to Fenerbahce or DC United, Ozil appears to have chosen his boyhood club.

  • FOLLOWING THE ERD

    Mesut Ozil may have won a World Cup with Germany, but a big piece of his heart always belonged to his parents' homeland, Turkey.

    So much so that the country's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the best man at his wedding.

    Now he will finally achieved a dream of playing in Istanbul for boyhood club Fenerbahce.

  • WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY

    Seven and a half years ago Mesut Ozil signed for Arsenal on transfer deadline day.

    A moment Arsenal fans will never forget!

  • NETO EFFECT

    Barcelona goalkeeper Neto wants assurances over playing time before he makes the move to Arsenal, according to Mundo Deportivo.

    The Brazilian stopper has played second fiddle to Marc-Andre ter Stegen during his 18 months at the Camp Nou.

    Arsenal are expected to allow summer signing Alex Runarsson to leave on loan this month, after a number of errors in his five appearances for the club.

    Third-choice keeper Matt Macey has already been sent on loan to Scottish side Hibernian.

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