Former Arsenal youth prospect Oguzhan Özyakup sets up three goals in Besiktas opener

Oğuzhan Özyakup spent four years on the books at Arsenal without making a first team appearance but is now starring in Turkey.

A product of AZ Alkmaar’s youth system and Dutch youth international captain, Oğuzhan Özyakup arrived at Arsenal in 2008 with dreams of making a name for himself in the Premier League.

He certainly impressed with the Gunners youth side, playing a key role in the under-18 team’s success in the Premier Academy League title in 2009.

But in four years with the Gunners, the closest the midfielder came to making a first-team debut was when he was named on the bench for Arsenal’s infamous 8-2 hammering at the hands of Manchester United.

Also an unused substitute for Arsenal’s 3-0 second leg win over AC Milan in the Champions League Round of 16 that season, that would be as good as it got for Özyakup at the Emirates.

In the summer of 2012 he departed to Besiktas in a deal worth €500,000.

It has proven to be money well spent for the Turkish giants with the 22-year-old midfielder making 80 league appearances for the Istanbul outfit to date.

Yet few have been quite as spectacular as the one that saw the midfielder set up three goals for his Turkish employers.

Coming in Besiktas’ first game of the season against Mersin, Özyakup was in his element setting up two goals for Cenk Tosun and another for Olcay Sahan.

Now a fully fledged Turkey international, having switched his allegiances, Özyakup could yet be one to file under “ones that got away” among Arsenal fans.

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