Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Emery backs Ozil over decision to quit Germany

Emery backs Ozil over decision to quit Germany

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has supported Mesut Ozil's decision to quit Germany's national team.

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.

A group of German journalists descended upon the club's training base at the Singapore American school and Emery found himself delicately balancing his words in his second language as he navigated the choppy waters of worldwide diplomacy.

"It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at global level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect", he said. Emery said: 'It is a personal decision from Mesut and I respect it. We know the football [world] around us is about opinion and critique, we have a mentality and quality to work away from this opinion.

"I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose", Ozil wrote, adding: "Certain German newspapers are using my background and photo with President Erdogan as right-wing propaganda to further their political cause".

"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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There are growing fears now that Britain could leave without any deal, and both sides are stepping up contingency plans. She said the United Kingdom would "do really well post-Brexit" and would be "much more outward-looking".

Mesut Ozil told the fans in Singapore at an event.

Ozil won't feature against Atletico but could play a part in their second game against PSG on Saturday.

"And for us the normality helps him to feel good every day in the training sessions".

Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday how chief executive Ivan Gazidis roused Arsenal staff and players on Monday by launching an impassioned defence of Ozil during a morale-boosting barbecue.

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

"What happened between him and the national team is his private matter. 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".

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