Arsenal continue to cover vast majority of Mesut Özil wages

Arsenal's former German midfielder Mesut Ozil attends a signing cerenomy of his new contract with Turkish football club Fenerbahce at the Divan Faruk ilgaz facilities on January 27,2021 in Istanbul. (Photo by Ozan KOSE / AFP) (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal's former German midfielder Mesut Ozil attends a signing cerenomy of his new contract with Turkish football club Fenerbahce at the Divan Faruk ilgaz facilities on January 27,2021 in Istanbul. (Photo by Ozan KOSE / AFP) (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal will continue to cover more than 90% of Mesut Özil’s wages until this summer, even after his transfer to Fenerbahce.

Arsenal's former German midfielder Mesut Ozil attends the signing cerenomy of his new contract with the Turkish football club Fenerbahce at the Divan Faruk Ilgaz facilities on January 27, 2021 in Istanbul. - Ozil joins Fenerbahce on a three-and-a-half year deal after last playing for the Gunners in March, both clubs announced on January 24. (Photo by Ozan KOSE / AFP)
Arsenal’s former German midfielder Mesut Ozil attends the signing ceremony of his new contract with the Turkish football club Fenerbahce at the Divan Faruk Ilgaz facilities on January 27, 2021. (Photo by Ozan KOSE / AFP)

The Athletic report that despite Mesut Özil’s departure to Fenerbahce in January, the club are still paying more than 90% of his £350-a-week salary until the end of June. The move was more about cutting ties and moving on than Arsenal’s financial gain.

Arsenal could still make some money from the move, with Fenerbahce previously confirming they’ll owe up to €1.7m in bonus payments to the Gunners depending on whether the player hits certain targets in terms of appearances and so on.

The good news is that it all ends this summer. Given that was the end of Özil’s original contract extension with Arsenal, there are certainly no obligations after that, which will free up some space on the wage bill.

Özil has made seven appearances for Fenerbahce since his January move, initially playing on a consistent basis before an injury forced him out of action for most of March and all of April so far.

The 32-year-old is on the verge of a comeback now, as his new team fight for the Super Lig title.