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Desperate Koç needs Ozil

Fenerbahce had a pretty horrendous season in 2018/19 finishing 6th in the Turkish Super Lig - 17 points behind fourth place Trabzonspor. Previously, they had not finished outside the top four since 2002-03.

The club is famous for recruiting over-the-hill foreigners such as Anelka, Roberto Carlos, Kuyt, van Hooijdonk and Van Persie, a category Mesut Ozil now neatly falls into.

Their wealthy president, Ali Yıldırım Koç, would love to pump his fortunes into the club, but is restricted by FFP rules. However, the above-mentioned players denote an ability to pay high wages for status symbol signings.

If the name Damian Comolli rings a bell, it’s because the Turkish club’s sporting director was an Arsenal scout from 1996-2003. His response to the signing of Ozil was: “The question of Mesut is beyond imagination, so I can’t waste my time on this.” Make of that what you will.

If Ozil were to leave, it would likely be a loan deal with Arsenal paying a portion of the ex-footballer’s wages. This would likely represent an £8m outlay on behalf of Fenerbahce and enable Arsenal to get rid of at least one lazy prick.

In a league where only winning matters, Ozil is just the right signing for desperate Koç who is under pressure to turn the club’s fortunes around.

In the meantime, let’s hope Ozil’s desperate for Koç.

Other rumours surround the departure of Shkodran Mustafi – also on loan to Fenerbahce. Quim face reportedly removed all links with Arsenal from his Instagram account; hopefully the result of a hissy fit after the club told him he was no longer wanted.

Lack of transfer activity at Arsenal is likely due to the club’s requirement to offload players before being able to make decisions on where to allocate funds. Relying on bids for players from other clubs who will be quite happy to string Arsenal along to get a better price means this summer’s signings are likely to go to the wire. Patience is therefore required, as opposed to blogging several times a day in fits of hysteria masquerading as click bait.

Arsenal have made one signing, however, £6m teenage forward Gabriel Martinelli from Brazilian club Ituano.  There is also strong evidence that the Gunners are on the verge of signing 18-year-old St Etienne centre back William Saliba for £26m.

The defender will be loaned back to the French club for the 2019-20 season, therefore Arsenal are only likely to make a small initial down payment.


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Well, I really don't know whether the people who want Mesut out are truly Arsenal fans at all. But all I'll say is, if Özil leaves this summer; even if it's a loan deal; I will never forgive Arsenal Football Club. Don't get me wrong, I never said I'll never support Arsenal again; I love Arsenal too much to ever do that. But what I am saying is I love Mesut Özil just as much.


What does you not forgiving Arsenal mean to anyone in practical terms?

July 9, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSammy G10

Hi AT, what are your thoughts on Edu as technical director? Will he have any real influence or significance with Raul running the show?

Thanks Kvdblue


I have no thoughts yet, other than it's good to have a technical director to bind operations together. His performance as Director of Football at Corinthians between 2011-2016 was mixed. He helped guide them to a title in 2015, but other seasons were quite disappointing.

As General Manager of the Brazil national team, his performance was also mixed. How he got the job was a bit Gazidis-like as, much to people's dismay, he was appointed by then Brazil manager Tite. Of course, they were knocked out by Belgium in the quarter finals of the World Cup in 2018, but have just won the Copa America for the first time since 1989.

Difficult job though. Like most, he had problems with the Neymar circus, which has a tendency to ruin team unity. Time will tell what his influence will be at Arsenal and whether or not he's just a boardroom puppet.

July 9, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterKvdblue

This would be a magnificent day and frankly, it’s written in the stars: one useless cock leaves to play for a Koç elsewhere. Better still, when Ozil pisses off he can take his social media army of fanboys with him!

Hallelujah, they can all follow Fenerbahce instead and get wet about how many outstanding two-yard passes Mesut managed in a match Fener lost where he managed zero goals, zero assists and no meaningful output.

Also, Ozil will be able to spend more time hanging with his BFF and “best man at his wedding”, Erdogan, the murdering autocrat. Ozil, what a guy!

July 9, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRaskolnikov

Ali Yıldırım Koç is not Fenerbahçe's owner, he is president of Fenerbahçe. Owners of Fenerbahçe are Fenerbahçe supporters.


Thanks, corrected.

July 9, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterHasan

Let's be honest, Ozil is still a good player who can get 10 assists and 5 goals a season but he is on too much wages. But he isn't leaving, so we have to make the best of the situation. Under Wenger he was nowhere near as bad as he was last season. Emery is clearly using him wrong. He played him in half the games last season and destroyed his confidence by benching him regularly.

No wonder Ozil doesn't respect him and thinks he can outlast Emery when he plays clowns like Iwobi and Mkhitaryan ahead of him.

July 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterGooner

Gooner is either too lousy, too dumb or unwilling to check any stats regarding Ozil, but hey, let's be honest what could you otherwise expect from an AKB-er.

In the meantime, Lord Wenker, one of the best managers in the world who, according to himself, denied PSG RM and BM before, is still unemployed. "Be careful what you wish for!" Hahahahaha

And now it's Emery's fault that the dross, which Wenker installed, is under performing, you couldn't make it up. Pathetic.

July 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCloggs

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