Oguzhan Ozyakup has revealed that he’s aiming to leave Besiktas this summer amid links with a return to his former club, Arsenal.

  • Ozyakup played just twice for Arsenal between 2008 – 2012
  • He signed for Besiktas in 2012
  • Dreams of being the next Turan, who once played for Galatasaray
  • Linked with move to Arsenal repeatedly

During Ozyakup’s four years at Arsenal, the midfielder made just two appearances for the first team and that was in the League Cup.

When he signed for Besiktas in 2012, he found his level, going on to make 181 appearances over all competitions, scoring 27 goals and assisting 41.

However, now, it seems that the 24-year-old wants to progress further than the Turkish League, even claiming that he wants to be the next Arda Turan.

“I was talking with a friend about Arda Turan, since he left five years ago for a record fee no player has followed in his footsteps,” Ozyakup told beIN Sports Turkey.

“I want to leave and be the next Arda Turan. 

“I am very happy at Besiktas but as I have always said I also have plans to move to a top European club and give Turkish football a great name.”

Ozyakup has been linked with a move back to north London for a couple of season now but Arsene Wenger rarely brings back former players unless it’s an emergency, for example, Thierry Henry and Jens Lehmann. And somehow I don’t think Oguzhan Ozyakup is the star the boss would turn to right now if there was…

Turan, who also used to play in the Turkish league at Galatasaray, has been linked with a move to Arsenal from Barcelona, where he’s failed to really bed in since signing from Atletico Madrid in 2015.