Arsenal have confirmed that young midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup has completed his move to Turkish side Besiktas for an undisclosed fee.

The 19-year-old had struggled to make an impact in the first team after being signed from AZ Alkmaar back in 2008, though he did make two senior appearances in the Carling Cup wins over Shrewsbury Town and Bolton Wanderers last season.

These two substitute appearances were his only opportunities to impress manager Arsene Wenger, with the vast majority of his time at the Emirates being spent playing in the youth and reserve teams.

Oguzhan Ozyakup
Oguzhan Ozyakup in action for Arsenal last season [Reuters]

There had been high hopes for Ozyakup when he was a member of the Under-18 side which won a league and cup double in his first season at the club, before helping the side retain their league title the following season.

Wenger has always been prepared to hand opportunities to young players but it seems that the midfielder has not quite made the grade after Arsenal agreed to sell him to Besiktas.

"Everyone at Arsenal would like to thank Oguzhan for his contribution to the Club and wish him well for his future career," read a statement on the Arsenal website.

Ozyakuphas recently made the decision to make himself available to play for Turkey at international level, having previously captained the Holland UInder-16 side and been part of the Under-17 side which made the European Cup final three years ago.

The attacking midfielder will hope he can force his way into the starting line-up at Besiktas where he will also look to impress Turkey manager Abdullah Avci.