Arsenal have reportedly sent scouts to watch Oguzhan Ozyakup as rumours linking them with a move refuse to die.
First surfacing in January, they were strong throughout the summer with Arsenal reportedly told they’d have to pay €20m to sign back the player they sold for €500k in 2012.
Ozyakup previously spoke about his decision to leave Arsenal admitting that Robin van Twatface advised him to leave, but as you see in his comments below, it was not a decision that came easily to him.
“Arsenal really treated me well,” Ozyakup said when he left.
“Van Persie helped me a lot when I first joined from The Netherlands. He would invite me to his family home for meals.
“Van Persie was a great motivator, I promised him I’d score in my first game but unfortunately I couldn’t. However, he told me after the game I would have scored if given another 20 minutes and praised my performance.
“Leaving Arsenal was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, it was really upsetting. However, Beşiktaş made me an offer which was hard to refuse, one of the biggest clubs in Turkey was promising me first team football.
“I consulted Van Persie and he agreed that it was in my best interests to make the move”
Now, even though the window is shut and you would think that Arsenal know enough about the player to make a decision one way or the other, the media in Turkey are claiming we’re back watching him again as he plays for Besiktas.
With two goals in the three games at a rate of one every 94 minutes, they will no doubt have been impressed with what they saw. Ozyakup has improved immensely in the four years since he left as a 19-year-old and now, at 23, he’s heading into his prime playing years.
A central midfielder, it’s hard to know where Arsenal would fit him in. Then again, that’s never really been a concern to Arsene when it’s come to buying players in the middle of the pitch.
Arsenal were said to be at the Champions League 1-1 draw between Benfica and Besiktas and there are reports they were also there to watch Goncalo Guedes, a link we’ve been tracking since 2015.