Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi said the club and the players were not able to "assist" Mesut Ozil when he "needed us the most" in a glowing tribute to the departing playmaker.
Mustafi has long been one of Ozil's closest allies in the dressing-room and he has described his friend as the most "unselfish" player he has ever played with.
In a post on social media, Mustafi said: "Bro, you have been the most unselfish player on and off the pitch, I have ever shared the dressing-room with. You will always be remembered as the #AssistKing."
Bro, you have been the most unselfish player on and off the pitch, I have ever shared the dressing room with. You will be always remembered as the #AssistKing. Unfortunately we as a team haven’t been able to assist you when you needed us the most. All the best ❤️ #SM20 pic.twitter.com/gEfl6AWzZj— Shkodran Mustafi (@MustafiOfficial) January 18, 2021
Ozil has finalized his transfer to Fenerbahce as a free agent after reaching an agreement with Arsenal over the termination of his contract.
Mesut Özil has arrived in İstanbul! 💛💙 pic.twitter.com/pilsRxfDaK— Fenerbahçe English (@Fenerbahce_EN) January 17, 2021
It follows the loan departure of Sead Kolasinac, the other key member of Ozil's friendship network at the club, and Mustafi could be the next to leave as he has only six months remaining on his current deal.
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