Suara.com – Former Germany striker Lukas Podolski said he was delighted to see Mesut Ozil leave Arsenal and start playing football again after nearly a year at the Emirates Stadium.
Ozil joined Fenerbahce on a free transfer after reaching an agreement with Arsenal regarding the termination of his current contract, which was originally due to expire in June.
The 32-year-old midfielder had landed in Istanbul before being officially introduced by the Turkish club, ending his seven and a half year career at the Emirates Stadium.
Ozil has not played a competitive match since March last year as he was not included in Mikel Arteta’s plans when the league returns to play after the lockdown.
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Ozil’s chances of starting the Gunners again vanished when his name was not included in the squad for the English Premier League and Europa League in October, much to Podolski’s frustration.
Podolski was Ozil’s former team-mate for Germany and Arsenal between 2013 and 2015. He has criticized Arsenal for their treatment of the midfielder earlier this season.
“I usually think with a player who is now in his sixth or seventh year with the club, to get him out of the squad completely, that’s not good at all,” said the 35-year-old striker as quoted by Antara from Goal on Wednesday (20/1/2021 ).
“He shows his class on the pitch, he has never been negative towards his team-mates or the club. Arsenal as a club have not looked positive in this situation over the last few months.”
Podolski, who has now started playing for Turkish club Antalyaspor, expressed relief after seeing Ozil leave the Emirates Stadium.
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He also expects his former colleague to be a great “asset” to the Turkish League after years of playing at the highest level of European football.
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