Ozil’s honest view on how he felt playing for Arsenal under Arteta

Mesut Ozil insists he did initially enjoy Arsenal life under Mikel Arteta before "things unfortunately changed" and his relationship with the Gunners boss was altered.

The German playmaker stands on the verge of leaving the Gunners after making 254 appearances for the club since his arrival in September 2013, but having not played a single minute since March last year.

When Arteta joined the club in December 2019, the Spaniard had initially looked to work with the 32-year-old.

Ozil played 75 minutes in Arteta's first match in charge at Bournemouth, and managed the full 90 in his first win against Manchester United on New Year's Day.

He also played all but a minute of the 1-0 win over West Ham immediately prior to the March lockdown which halted the 2019/20 season, but since then he has never once played for the club and been left out of the squads for both the Premier League and Europa League.

"There have been many ups and downs so far, but all in all I've never regretted my decision to join Arsenal," Ozil tweeted on Monday.

"And, to be honest, the last couple of games before the coronavirus break in February and March 2020 made really a lot (of) fun.

"But after the break things unfortunately changed."

Ozil is now widely expected to join Fenerbahce, with the final details of his exit from Arsenal – where his lucrative contract runs until the summer – being discussed.

"Fenerbahce is like Real Madrid in Spain. The biggest club in the country," Ozil wrote on Monday.

"Every German-Turkish person supports a Turkish team when they grow up in Germany. And mine was Fenerbahce.

"There are two countries I want to play football in before I retire: Turkey and USA. If I went to Turkey, I could only go to Fenerbahce."

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