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Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup was the subject of an Arsenal scouting mission yesterday evening, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Gunners reportedly dispatched a spy to watch the Turkish side’s Champions League clash with German champions Bayern Munich.
But it turned out to be a wasted trip because Ozyakup did not feature for Besiktas. He remained on the bench as his side suffered a 5-0 defeat in the first leg of their last-16 tie.
Arsenal should already have a decent dossier on the 25-year-old midfielder, who played for them between 2008 and 2012.
Dutch-born Ozyakup joined the Gunners from AZ Alkmaar as a 15-year-old. He made two senior appearances, both of which came in League Cup games, and was an unused substitute in the infamous 8-2 defeat to Manchester United in the Premier League in August 2011.
He was also part of Arsenal’s FA Youth Cup winning side of 2009, playing alongside Jack Wilshere in midfield.
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