Arteta plays down reports that Ozil’s transfer to Fenerbahce is a done deal

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has played down reports that Mesut Ozil's long-awaited departure from the club is imminent.

There has been a huge amount of speculation linking the German playmaker with a move to either Turkish side Fenerbahce or DC United of the MLS in recent weeks.

And some reports have suggested an announcement could be made over the next few days as Ozil's time at the Emirates finally looks to be drawing to a close.

But speaking following his side's 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace on Thursday, Arteta insisted nothing had been decided yet.

"Well, I don't know how close he's been before," he said.

"There are some conversations going on with [technical director] Edu and the club at the moment, but nothing concrete yet."

Arteta's comments come after Fenerbahce's sporting director Emre Belozoglu said the club were 'closer than ever' to signing the player.

"If this transfer takes place, it will be a first," he told Sky Sports.

"I regard it as a very positive move for both our community and our president, but I don't think it will be easy.

"We have our own plans. And Mesut has a contract with his club. He is a superstar.

"We had a meeting with him and his agent. It's happening slowly, but Mesut is closer than ever to Fenerbahce.

"The fact that Mesut's childhood dream is still alive and Fenerbahce has such a dream has made this step so close for the first time."

Ozil has not featured for the Gunners since March after being frozen out of the team by Arteta.

He has had a mixed time in North London after initially being a key player for the side, helping them win three FA Cups.

But there looks to be no way back for him following his recent exile and a move looks the best option for all parties.

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