• Mesut Ozil is nearing a return to football action with Fenerbahce
  • Ozil's move to the Turkish club is expected to wrap up soon
  • Arsenal is eager to offload the big wage bill of Ozil and fill up the midfielder void soon

Mesut Ozil is closer than ever to returning to football action after arriving in Istanbul to continue the transfer process.

No less than the German himself confirmed that he is moving to Fenerbahce, ending months of watching Arsenal from the sidelines.

In a report from ESPN, Ozil has agreed to terminate his deal with the Gunners and is expected to join Fenerbache in the coming days.

Despite missing almost a year of playing football, the 32-year-old claims he is in tip-top shape to help out the Turkish club. He explained that even though he has not been seen in games, he continued to train with the first team off the pitch.

"Of course, I'm missing a few matches. I haven't played in a match in a while, but I am physically fit, I have no issues," Ozil stated.

Images of Ozil’s arrival further back claims that the German midfielder is nearing a return to football action. These were shown via Fenerbahce’s official Twitter account with a translated caption that read: “Our club is bringing Mesut Ozil to Istanbul to continue the transfer process.”

Ozil was left out of the Premier League and Europa League lineup by Mikel Arteta although there were murmurs that the German could be recalled this January.

However, that could only happen if no teams were willing to take the German player from the hands of the Gunners. Fenerbahce stepped up its pursuit for Ozil who also garnered interest from DC United of Major League Soccer.

Mesut Ozil has been deleted from Chinese versions of the Pro Evolution Soccer game
Mesut Ozil has been deleted from Chinese versions of the Pro Evolution Soccer game IKIMAGES / Ian KINGTON

It has yet to be known just how much Ozil gave up in the remainder of his deal with the Gunners. The German is making roughly £350,000 ($476,000) weekly with Arsenal, figures that Arteta and company would happily want to take out.

Once the deal is settled, Arsenal is expected to address its midfield problems. Being financially strapped, Arteta is left with little flexibility to fill the void.

But with Ozil practically out of the picture, Arsenal could get a much-needed reprieve.