The mercurial midfielder was on target for the Turkish Super Lig club for the first time since his arrival earlier on this year following his controversial Arsenal exit
The German playmaker found the net during Fener’s Super Lig clash away at Demirspor, notching his side’s only goal of the game in the opening exchanges of the second half.
Though Ozil is associated with deft flicks and supreme flair, the goal was hardly a thing of beauty, bundling the ball over the line to secure all three points for Fener in their first game of the 2021/22 season.
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The goal marked his first since his last goal for the Gunners, which came in the 4-0 romp over Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium back in February 2020.
A lot has changed between the time of the two strikes, which fall either side of a global pandemic that temporarily halted professional football all over the world.
Few players have divided opinion in Premier League history more than Ozil, his time in North London littered with both controlled and elegant creative play as much as it was headlines, subtle social media shots and behind the scenes fall-outs.
However, bar the early stages of his reign, former teammate turned manager Mikel Arteta opted to use him even less, before Ozil’s club career sunk to it’s lowest point.
Shockingly, Arsenal decided not to register him for their 25-man Premier League squad at the beginning of the 2020/21 season, prompting the playmaker to imply a lack of loyalty on Arsenal’s behalf via social media.
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Though Ozil’s move to Fenerbahce was originally greeted with optimism from the player himself and fans alike, it quickly turned into something of a nightmare.
After his opening four months in Turkey saw a dismal return of zero goals and assists in just seven appearances, Ozil sustained a nasty injury which kept him side-lined for some time, much to the former Germany international’s frustration.
Upon his arrival, Ozil took the number 67 shirt as a reference to the postal code of the Turkish town he grew up in, but he has since reverted back to his trademark number 10 shirt.
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