Former Arsenal youth Ozyakup set to make 100th Besiktas appearance

Beşiktaş midfielder Oğuzhan Özyakup is set to make his 100th appearance for the Black Eagles against Akhisar on Thursday 14 May.

The Black Eagles are currently third in the Süper Lig, five points behind leaders Galatasaray but could close the gap with the leaders to two points with a win against Akhisar.

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Özyakup joined Beşiktaş from Arsenal in 2012 for a fee of €500,000.

The Turkish Under-21 midfielder is the product of the AZ Alkmaar academy and Arsenal FC academies. Özyakup signed for Arsenal on schoolboy forms on 1 September 2008 from AZ Alkmaar.

Özyakup played a major role in Arsenal’s Under-18s side that won the Premier Academy League title in 2009 and captained the Dutch side to the final of the 2009 Under-17 European Championships before switching allegiances to the Turkish national team.

The Beşiktaş midfielder took on his former side in the Champions League playoffs this season. The Black Eagles held Arsenal to a goalless draw in the first leg and lost 1-0 at the Emirates in the second game.

The Turkish international has two goals and 11 assists in all 40 appearances for the Black Eagles this season.