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A Turkish based newspaper is claiming Arsenal are scouting Oguzhan Ozyakup.
Ozyakup spent six years in Arsenal academy before he was sold to Besiktas in 2013. He wasn’t able to make a first team appearance before his departure but he has developed into a top player at Besiktas.
Arsenal have been linked with resigning the midfielder in recent years but nothing happened as Wenger instead signing Mohammed Elneny and Granit Xhaka when he wanted to sign midfielders.
But reports in Turkey won’t stop linking us with Ozyakup.
Recently Foto Mac via the Daily Cannon said Arsenal sent Martin Keown to Turkey to watch the midfielder.
The report even quoted Keown as saying:
“The Turkish national team was not of the quality of Besiktas in the Champions League, so Oğuzhan, one of the players we followed, could not show himself. These matches can not be measured, we will watch him again later.”
His development at Besiktas isn’t entirely surprising as he was one with so much potential when he joined us from AZ Alkmaar in 2007.
However, I don’t think Arsenal are so keen on Ozyakup, it is most likely one of those periodical checks we carry out on talented players, with the view of keeping tabs on their development ahead of a future move,
I don’t think Wenger will be chasing a centre midfielder now as we currently have more than enough options in that position.
Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny, Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin and Aarom Ramsey could all do good jobs in that position. Except of course Wenger is looking to sell a few of them in other to land the Turkish star.