Mesut Ozil’s departure from Arsenal would be the fifth time the Gunners have allowed a big star leave for free in recent years.

Ozil looks destined to leave the Gunners having been left out of Mikel Arteta’s squad for the first half of the season.

The World Cup winning midfielder is out of contract at Arsenal in the summer and is now available to talk to overseas clubs over a summer move.

Ozil’s representatives are believed to be in talks with a number of clubs, including Fenerbahce and DC United, over a deal.

Mesut Ozil looks set to leave Arsenal in the summer, if not before
Mesut Ozil looks set to leave Arsenal in the summer, if not before

Arsenal would not receive any cash for his move, though the Gunners are eager to get Ozil’s £350,000 per week wage packet off their books.

But it’s not the first time the Premier League giants have allowed a major star to depart without receiving a fee.

Alexis Sanchez left in January 2018 for no cost, though Arsenal did receive Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Manchester United as part of the deal.

Alexis Sanchez was popular among the Arsenal fanbase during his time in London though was let go cheaply
Alexis Sanchez was popular among the Arsenal fanbase during his time in London though was let go cheaply

Sanchez had shone at the Emirates, regularly amongst Arsenal’s best players, though struggled following his move to Old Trafford.

The Gunners waved goodbye to Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla in the summer that followed, with both midfielders having been influential during their time in north London.

Aaron Ramsey was the next big-name to leave on a free having joined Juventus in the summer of 2019, with Arsenal now set to make the same decision when it comes to Ozil.

Aaron Ramsey was a regular on the team-sheet while at Arsenal
Aaron Ramsey was a regular on the team-sheet while at Arsenal

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Ozil has been an Arsenal player since 2013, when he joined for £42m from Real Madrid though the Gunners stand no chance of recouping that money.

Boss Arteta hinted recently Arsenal's big earners would have to leave the club, saying: "We cannot sustain the numbers we have."