Monday, 19 November, 2018

Emery respects Ozil's Germany choice, says Arsenal is his 'home'

Mesut Ozil holds hands in training Arsenal will make it feel like home to Mesut Ozil after his controversial exit from Germany duty Credit AFP
Sergio Cook | 25 July, 2018, 19:56

Ozil, who signed a new contract with Arsenal back in February, will be aiming to establish himself as one of the key players under Emery next season.

Ozil - who won 92 caps - criticised the German Football Association (DFB) in a three-part statement announcing his worldwide retirement on Sunday, claiming they had failed to protect him from racially motivated criticism after the team's disappointing World Cup campaign. "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".

"And for us the normality helps him to feel good every day in the training sessions. I´m looking at every player and I think Mesut, he has here the respect of every player".

Mesut Ozil was among Arsene Wenger's favorite players at the Emirates Stadium so the German global will be hoping to win over the heart of Unai Emery in this pre-season competition so that he could be assured of a starting spot in next season's squad.

'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.

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.

Ozil also received support from the president of the Football Federation of Turkey, Yildirim Demiroren.

Ozil has not commented about his decision since his arrival in Singapore on Monday with Arsenal.

"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 worldwide said.

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

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.

"For us, he's an important player and obviously we're going to support him and make sure he feels right to perform at his best and feels comfortable".

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