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As per a report from Turkish outlet Aksam this afternoon, Arsenal have made an offer to soon-to-be out of contract Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup.

Surplus to requirements

Ozyakup, a 25-year-old central/attacking midfielder, spent four years with Arsenal’s youth setup from 2008 to 2012, having arrived at the club from Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar.

However, the technically-gifted starlet failed to make the grade amongst the wealth of talents available to Arsene Wenger in North London, and was eventually sold to Besiktas 5 years ago for a paltry £400,000.


In the end, a move away from the Emirates proved the best possible decision for Ozyakup, though, with the Dutch-born Turkish international having since gone on to establish himself as an absolute mainstay in Besiktas’ midfield, as well as being named the club’s captain.

He has also managed to rack up 30 caps for Turkey, with Arda Turan having previously stated that Ozyakup is the man to take over leadership of the national team once he decides to call time on his international career.


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