Mesut Ozil has respect of every player, says Arsenal boss

Ozil’s bitter retirement raises ugly questions for Germany

Ozil’s bitter retirement raises ugly questions for Germany

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.

Ozil released a three-part statement on Sunday, hitting out at the German Football Association (DFB), its chief Reinhard Grindel, the media and some fans after being widely condemned for meeting with Erdogan prior to the tournament in Russian Federation. "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".

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil avoided any talk of the controversy surrounding his withdrawal from global football and has opted to focus on the club's preseason friendly tournament in Singapore.

KAYHAN OZER  TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE  AFP  AFP
KAYHAN OZER TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE AFP AFP

The 29-year-old has announced his decision to retire from global football following the backlash he received after meeting with Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the World Cup.

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

Many politicians and journalists in Germany questioned Ozil's loyalty to his country after photographs emerged of Ozil, a third generation immigrant with a Turkish heritage, posing alongside Erdogan.

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Germany´s football federation swiftly denied the allegation of racism, while Erdogan called Ozil to praise his decision - which follows a resurgence of the German far right.

"It's a personal decision".

Ozil declined to comment on Wednesday as he took part in a training session at a private school in Singapore ahead of Thursday´s friendly against Atletico Madrid.

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"Training has been good and Emery has been a major influence to what we are doing on the training ground", the 18-year-old England youth global said.

"As a team we support him here, we try to make sure he feels good, so he can train and perform at his best".

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech also said the players were keen to support Ozil, who smashed the club´s transfer record when he moved from Real Madrid in 2013.

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"We are every player´s family and for him to work every day, to work well with his team-mates, is good for us".

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