Mesut Ozil has respect of every player, says Arsenal boss

Ruben Holloway
July 26, 2018

The 29-year-old quit the national side on Sunday citing "racism and disrespect" due to his Turkish roots as key to the decision after he was singled out for criticism when Germany bombed out of the recent World Cup in the group stages.

Ozil was the target of criticism for his performances during Germany's disappointing World Cup in Russian Federation, as well as for his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May. Ozil was born in Germany to a Turkish family.

It also condemned "the treatment, threats and derogatory messages" against Ozil and asked the football community to stand united against "racism and intolerance".

Ozil watched on by Unai Emery in training in Singapore
Ozil watched on by Unai Emery in training in Singapore Credit ARSENAL FC

"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", said Emery.

"We are like his home".

The new Arsenal boss sent a message to Ozil in the wake of his worldwide retirement.

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"Mesut has the respect of every player here", said Emery, who was appointed as Arsene Wenger's successor in May.

"He feels here with us that he can work every day, and it is good for us that he made a decision to come here and work with us before our two matches".

"He feels here with us that he can work every day, and it is good for us that he chose to come here and work with us before our two matches".

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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 prefer to give him normality in the team, he feels good with us". "They are great teams with great players, it's a test for us to get ready for the new season, so it's something to look forward to".

Goalkeeper Petr Cech, meanwhile, also spoke out in support of his team-mate and said that Ozil would make a fine captain for the club.

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"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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