Mesut Ozil has respect of every player, says Arsenal boss


The midfielder called time on his nine-year career with Germany this week accusing the German Football Association (DFB) of treating him with "racism and disrespect" over the issue of a photograph featuring the player alongside Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan which was taken before the World Cup.

Ozil, took to his social media accounts, to put across his decision on Sunday.

This week, Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness also accused Ozil of "playing like s*** for years" and said the German side targeted the player as the "weak link" when the two clubs met in the Champions League.

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

Erdogan told Turkish journalists on Tuesday he spoke to Ozil on Monday.

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

Ozil chose to cut short his holiday to join up with his Arsenal team-mates in Singapore for pre-season and the former Real Madrid star is ready to put a turbulent summer behind him.

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

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

When Emery was asked about the player's mental state going into the new season, the coach said: "I'm sure he's going to have a great season with us".

"I prefer to give him normality in the team, he feels good with us".

Arsenal play Atletico Madrid on Thursday before facing Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday.

"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". As a team that's all we can do.