Arsenal supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern over the last few days after seeing their team all but seal their place in the next round of the Europa League courtesy of a 3-0 win over Ostersunds in the first leg of their last 32 clash on Thursday.
Arsene Wenger’s men went into their clash with the Swedish minnows off the back of losing 1-0 to Tottenham in the North London derby the weekend before, thus seeing them fall eight points adrift of the division’s top four. Thus, the Europa League may offer the Gunners the best chance of securing Champions League football next term, and they look set for the last 16 as goals from Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil as well as an own goal from Sotirios Papagiannopoulos sealed a routine victory for Wenger’s side, thus setting them up perfectly for this week’s return leg at the Emirates Stadium.
Thus, there have been many delighted Gunners fans in the Tavern in recent times, and they are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from Yeni Asir (via Football.London), which details an intriguing development in their pursuit of Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup.
The 25-year-old made the move to Turkish giants back in 2012 after coming up through the ranks at Arsenal, where he has since gone on to make 209 appearances for the Super Lig club, netting 27 goals and laying on 48 assists in the process.
Yet with Ozyakup’s contract up in the summer, a move away at the end of the season is looking increasingly likely, and recent reports detail a possible development as Gunners chief Wenger is ‘almost obsessed’ about a move for the midfielder, possibly enhancing the chances of Arsenal sealing a deal come the summer.
Thus, this recent development could well interest our resident Gunners fans, with a deal for Ozyakup potentially in the offing come the end of the campaign.
Landlord’s verdict: Oguzhan Ozyakup spent four years at Arsenal between 2008 and 2012, coming up through the ranks at the Premier League club yet only mustering two senior appearances before joining Besiktas.
Yet the 25-year-old has since gone from strength to strength with the Turkish Super Lig champions, but with just six months left on his current deal at the club, his future very much remains uncertain heading into the summer.
Arsenal have been linked with a reunion, and recent reports detail a potentially significant development as manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly ‘almost obsessed’ with landing the midfielder in the close season.
And with his contract up, a return to North London could take place for the 25-year-old come the end of the campaign.
Arsenal fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!