Mesut Ozil scores his first goal in 18 months
Ozil has finally scored for Fenerbahce, eight months after joining the club – and it is his first goal for any team in 18 months.
The playmaker gave the second half a bright start by scoring just 11 seconds after the whistle after latching onto a cross from the left.
He scored his first goal since moving to Turkey in January after stepping down from Arsenal amid controversy.
He last appeared for the Gunners in March’s 1-0 win against West Ham when he assisted Alexandre Lacazette.
Fenerbahce offered him a free transfer after terminating his £350,000-a-week Gunners contract.
It took Ozil over five months to terminate his contract at Arsenal and make his move to his boyhood club possible due to a pay cut of more than £300,000.
Nevertheless, the Premier League club paid 90 percent of the player’s £350,000-a-week salary until the end of June.
In total, Fenerbahce will pay him £46,700-a-week for his remaining three years at the club.
After being left out of Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads for the 2020-21 season, Ozil was frozen out of Mikel Arteta’s team.
He also became embroiled in a PR war with the club when he offered to pay Gunnersaurus’s wages after the north London side made the mascot redundant.
Moreover, the German international sparked outrage in his homeland when he was pictured with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London.
Ahead of the 2018 World Cup, he and Turkish teammate Ilkay Gundogan decided to meet with the controversial head of state.
In more than seven years at Arsenal, the midfielder scored 44 goals and provided 77 assists.
Arsenal’s nine-year trophy drought ended in 2014 after winning the FA Cup final against Hull City, and the title was defended against Aston Villa the following season.
In 2017, he helped Arsenal win the Gunners’ Cup over Chelsea but came up short two years later against the same opponents in the Europa League final.