Unai Emery respects Mesut Ozil’s Germany choice, says Arsenal is his ‘home’

Unai Emery respects Mesut Ozil’s Germany choice, says Arsenal is his ‘home’

Emery admitted he had not spoken to Ozil about the player's decision to end his worldwide career, instead opting to give him time to focus on club duties after a tumultuous few weeks.

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.

Asked whether Ozil was mentally prepared for the season, Spaniard Emery said: "I am sure he is going to have a big season with us".

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.

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Ozil was also criticised for meeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May, when the pair were photographed holding up an Arsenal shirt, and he has yet to comment on his withdrawal since he announced it through social media.

The 2014 World Cup-winner said he was unfairly maligned over Germany´s group-stage exit in Russian Federation, after some media highlighted a pre-tournament photo with Turkey´s strongman President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The former Real Madrid man claimed the DFB and senior figures in German football had not done enough to protect him following Joachim Loew's side's group-stage exit, suggesting he had been made a scapegoat due to his background, even stating: "If we win, I'm German".

"I am very happy with him, every player is looking together and Mesut has the respect of every player here". They also play Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.

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"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".

"We wanted to give him normality".

Speaking ahead of the International Champions Cup match against Atletico Madrid, Emery said: "It's a personal decision (which) I respect".

"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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