After leaving Arsenal, embattled German footballer still struggles on the pitch

After leaving Arsenal, embattled German footballer still struggles on the pitch

- Mesut Ozil is struggling to make an impact at his new Turkish club Fenerbahce

- In 322 minutes of play time, the German is yet to register a goal or assist for his new club

- Fenerbahce are currently third on the log in the Turkish super Lig

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Mesut Ozil has struggling to hit top form since his famous move to Fenerbahce if stats are anything to go by.

Arsenal terminated Ozil’s hefty contract and the German made a move to a club he admired as a child, partly to fulfil his mother’s wishes.

The attacking midfielder was handed the number 67 shirt which symbolized his childhood roots and eventually made his debut on February 2 against Hatayspor.

Mesut Ozil: German's struggles on the pitch still ongoing despite move to Fernaberce
Mesut Ozil yet to hit form at Fenerbahce. Photo by Serhat Cagdas/Anadolu
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Fenerbahce won that game 2-1 thanks to a late winner with Ozil involved in the build up to the goal.

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Since then, his club has experienced a dip in form and the 32-year old is struggling to stamp his mark in the Turkish Lig 1.

In the five games he has been involved, the team has lost three times as they were knocked out of the Turkish Cup by bitter rivals Istanbul Basaksehir. Their title chances are slipping away after a run of unwanted results.

The most recent result saw them succumb to a shock home defeat against mid-table side Goztepe and they now find themselves in third place on the log, three points behind leaders Galatasaray.

While it has not been a disastrous start to his Fenerbahce career by any stretch, the fact that Ozil is yet to record a goal or assist in his first five appearances for the club should ring some alarm bells.

During his days as a Real Madrid and Arsenal player, Ozil was at the peak of his powers, assisting goals for fun.

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His performances on the pitch are not the only thing Ozil has come under scrutiny for.

German media have particularly been critical of the German for passionately singing the Turkish national anthem before games.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that former Nigerian international Austin Okocha has stated that it is pleasing for him to be regarded as an idol by German midfielder Mesut Ozil.

The Fenerbahce of Turkey star Ozil had disclosed this during an interactive Q&A session with his followers on Twitter that he idolized Jay Jay while growing up.

Ozil who was born in Germany to a Turkish family said that his favourite club was Fenerbahce as a young chap, where Super Eagles legend Okocha had spent two years.

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