Mesut Ozil has 'respect of every player', says Arsenal boss Unai Emery

Tyler Owen
July 25, 2018

Ozil's announcement that he was retiring from global football at the age of 29 came in a series of lengthy, defiant statements in which he decried his treatment in the wake of the nation's disastrous World Cup campaign as well as the reaction to a controversial meeting he held with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan back in May.

Emery on Wednesday said Arsenal were taking pains to make sure Ozil, 29, feels comfortable at the club as controversy rages in Germany over his acrimonious walk-out following the World Cup in Russian Federation.

"We are going to help him to feel good", Emery added.

"We are expecting good matches against Paris St Germain and Atletico Madrid".

Authorities in the ancestral Turkish town of football star Mesut Ozil have erected a new street sign showing him posing with President Tayyip Erdogan.

Ozil is now back in pre-season training with Arsenal and Emery says the midfielder has the full respect from the club over his decision.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil of Germany attends a training session in Singapore.

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Ozil criticized the German football federation, its president, fans and media for what he regarded as racism in how people with Turkish roots were treated.

'I respect everybody and their opinions, but we are professionals and we need to understand everyone but work for us and to be together. "Here I want to help him and everybody in the club is thinking like me, to help him feel happy and to express his quality with us".

"He has experience, he has quality and he has a great mentality and we are going to help him feel good and to show his quality with us".

Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday how chief executive Ivan Gazidis roused Arsenal staff and players on Monday by launching an impassioned defence of Ozil during a morale-boosting barbecue.

"I congratulate him, because such a racist approach due to his religion toward a young person who gave everything for the German national team, contributing to its successes, was completely unacceptable".

"What happened between him and the national team is his private matter so this is not an issue for us", said Cech.

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