Arsenal have been linked with a move for former Gunner, Oguzhan Ozyakup, recently but it seems that Sevilla have other plans.
The Besiktas midfielder left Arsenal for the Turkish club in 2012. He only made two League Cup senior appearances during his time with us, although he made 41 for our youth squad.
Since signing for Besiktas, he’s gone on to make 148 appearances in all competitions, scoring 24 goals and assisting 32. He’s doing pretty well, although he’s finding it hard to get starts.
Both Arsenal and Sevilla are reportedly interested.
Comments the 24-year-old recently made to Uefa about how brilliant Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal academy is make it seems as if the player is open to a return to north London. However, it’s difficult to tell whether he’s just being polite or not.
“I was brought up in the youth team [at Arsenal] and in my final year I almost always trained with the first team,” he said.
“I played in two cup games and got into the squad for Premier League and Champions League games.
“Arsenal have a very strong academy, and watching and taking part in first-team training would be beneficial for any player.
“They have world stars there, and seeing them train every day and seeing the extra things they do gives you an insight into what you should be doing. As for Arsène Wenger, who has been at the club for 20-odd years, to be able to come to training with the same motivation every day says a lot about him.”
Are we genuinely interested? Would he prefer a move to Sevilla? We’ll have to wait and see.