ISTANBUL, TURKEY - FEBRUARY 21- Mesut Özil (67) of Fenerbahce gestures after his team lost the Turkish Super Lig match between Fenerbahce and Goztepe in Istanbul, Turkey on February 21, 2021. (Photo by Serhat Cagdas-Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Mesut Ozil’s “dream” transfer to boyhood club Fenerbahce has not gone to plan so far.

When the midfielder’s Arsenal contract was terminated in January it supposed to be the ideal solution for all parties.

The Gunners got their top earner off the books after he was frozen out for the previous 10 months – while Ozil was free to join the club he grew up supporting, and Fenerbahce in turn landed a player they hoped would inspire them to the Super Lig title.

But Ozil has so far failed to score or create a goal for the Turkish giants, who have lost three of the five games he has played since joining.

That run has seen them knocked out of the Turkish cup by Istanbul Basaksehir, while they have slipped to third in the Super Lig.

Fenerbahce lost to mid-table Goztepe at the weekend, having been beaten by new leaders Galatasaray earlier this month.


Ozil and his new club are now three points behind Galatasaray, and level on points with second-placed Besiktas.

Of course, it would be unfair to blame their recent slip-ups on Ozil, who will need time to adapt after almost a year without footbal.

And with the league table so tight, the playmaker has plenty of time to inspire his new club to glory this term.

“I did not expect Mesut Ozil to do so much. It is not easy,” said Dilmen after watching the former Germany international make his bow.

“You play football for the first time after 10 months. A team was not built around Mesut, Mesut came to this team.

“I think the next season will be much better because his contract will be three-and-a-half years. Despite this, I respect his devotion.”

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