Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has lauded Mesut Ozil's professionalism after he completed his anticipated move to Turkish side Fenerbahce.
The deal has been in the offing for days now, and it was officially confirmed on Sunday afternoon.
Arteta, who played with Ozil during his latter years at the club before moving into management, further thanked Ozil, and wished him all the best in his new journey.
Arteta said: “Mesut’s achievements at Arsenal are undisputed. It was a privilege to play alongside him and, more recently, coach him. His creativity and vision led to many goals during his time in the Arsenal shirt.
"Mesut was at the heart of many great moments for this club over the years, including those three FA Cup final wins. These successes will always be part of our history. We thank Mesut and wish him all the best with Fenerbahce.”
The midfielder, who became a club-favorite during the seven-year period, had nothing but praise for his immediate former team.
“I’d like to thank the club for this amazing journey over the past seven-and-a-half years. The support I have felt from the team and fans during my time here has been truly incredible and something I will always be grateful for," said Ozil.
Adding: "Together we won trophies for the first time in years and created memories that will last a lifetime. The Arsenal fans will forever remain in my heart. I’d like to thank Edu Gaspar for helping bring about a professional and dignified solution in the past few days, and I wish everyone at the club the best in their attempt to continue to bring Arsenal back to the top, where we belong.”
During his time at the London club, Mesut made over 250 appearances in all competitions, scoring 44 goals and providing 71 assists.