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Arsenal prepared to re-sign Turkish midfielder

Written by Cameron Ramsey

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Oguzhan Ozyakup’s contract at Besiktas JK is due to expire in the summer, and according to a report published by the Mirror, Arsenal are allegedly prepared to re-sign the Turk for free after flogging the midfielder to his current employers for just €500,000 in 2012.

Ozyakup joined the Gunners in 2008, and after graduating through the club’s youth set-up, he made his first-team debut in the League Cup in 2011, although he failed to make his mark on Arsene Wenger’s senior squad.

It’s said that Arsenal chiefs are waiting on Ozyakup to make a decision upon his future, and though he was once surplus to requirement at the Emirates, the north-Londoners are now willing to offer him a shot at redemption, a potential return which will undoubtedly reinvigorate the club’s midfield contingent.

Being a recognised, invaluable member of a professional collective undoubtedly aids any player’s development, and whilst it’s believed that ‘Le Prof’ has been keeping a beady eye on Ozyakup’s evolution, the midfielder has undoubtedly gone from strength to strength at the Vodafone Arena.

Since joining Besiktas, the creative outlet has managed to rack up 208 appearances for ‘Kara Kartallar’ and also has 27 goals to his name as well as 48 assists, a record which has proven his credentials in the centre of the park as being an ingenious, orchestral provider.

On top of his domestic and European appearances for Besiktas, the 25-year-old is a Turkish international and has claimed 32 caps for his country, so if national experience is one of the tick boxes on Wenger’s extensive check-list, Ozyakup is certainly a viable, seasoned option.

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