Arsenal hug for Ozil after World Cup 'racism and disrespect'

Adjust Comment Print

"I am very happy with him, every player is looking together and Mesut has the respect of every player here".

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".

Germany´s football federation swiftly denied the allegation of racism, while Erdogan called Ozil to praise his decision - which follows a resurgence of the German far right.

Ozil said he received threats and hate mail after the photographs with Erdogan were published. "It's a test for us to get ready for the new season, so it's something to look forward to".


"All of us want to help Mesut feel like it is his home here with us - like a family, and it is a family for every player". We know the football [world] around us is about opinion and critique, we have a mentality and quality to work away from this opinion.

In Singapore, Ozil is receiving unconditional support from his colleagues and employers.

"We are expecting good matches against Paris St Germain and Atletico Madrid". He decried the "racist attitude" Ozil faces.

Arsenal forward Reiss Nelson and midfielder Alex Iwobi sat alongside Ozil at the fan event in Singapore. Emery has not held private talks with Ozil over his worldwide situation, with the Spaniard taking the view that it is better to give the player "normality" rather than create an even bigger fuss.


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

"We are like his home".

Goalkeeper Petr Cech, who insists he is "concentrating on this season" amid speculation about his long-term future at the Emirates Stadium, is also keen to support Ozil as a colleague and to avoid assuming a position in his argument with the DFB. As a team that's all we can do. He's played at worldwide level, and he's a key player for us so yes he's one of the candidates.


Comments