"The fans have taken me into their hearts and they will always be in my heart so I hope they can understand why I want to take up this magnificent opportunity." Arsenal, who are looking to strengthen in midfield before Tuesday's deadline day, had a £60m transfer bid rejected by Brighton. The club also turned down a £55m bid from Chelsea eight days prior.
Alli not only got on the scoresheet but also received a standing ovation from the Besiktas fans following a much-improved display. After the match, the England international said (as quoted by Fanatik): "I wanted to show people what I can do, this is my source of motivation. "When I came here, people had expectations. The England international received a hero's welcome from the club's passionate fans when he first arrived on loan from Everton in the summer.
The Toffees had held talks with former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa but failed to produce a successful conclusion.