Monday, 19 November, 2018

Emery backs Ozil over decision to quit Germany

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Eugene Bates | 25 July, 2018, 19:56

Ozil, who was born in Germany to Turkish-origin parents, said he felt "racism and disrespect" - pointing the finger at German football authorities - in his no-holds-barred statement released over the weekend.

"In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but an immigrant when we lose", Ozil wrote.

Arsenal forward Reiss Nelson and midfielder Alex Iwobi sat alongside Ozil at the fan event in Singapore with the former admitting new coach Unai Emery had been very active in his first few training sessions with the club.

Ozil's announcement that he was retiring from worldwide 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. It is also true that Ozil was among the poorest performers among a poor German team at the World Cup in Russian Federation. I am sure he is going to have a big season with us'.

Erdogan said on Tuesday the treatment of Ozil was racist and unacceptable.

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

"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. I´m looking at every player and I think Mesut, he has here the respect of every player".

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

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 him it´s one thing with the national team and another with us", Emery said.

He has the support from the team and we hope by the start of the season he will be fit and ready to perform for us'.

"It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at worldwide level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect", he said.

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