Emery: Ozil has 'respect of every player'

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil of Germany attends a training session in Singapore

Ozil was slammed for being pictured with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan back in May and an early elimination at the World Cup saw the 29-year-old receive yet more criticism in Germany.

He said in Ankara it's "truly unacceptable that a young man who has given everything to the German national team and has contributed to its success is facing such a racist attitude because of his religion".

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

Ozil, who has Turkish roots, had been under fire since posing for a controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May which sparked questions about his loyalty to Germany's squad ahead of the tournament in Russian Federation.

"Everybody at the club is thinking like me to help him and to feel (good) here and express his quality with us".

"He is a very important player and we want him to perform and feel comfortable".

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

Turkish President Erdogan comes to Ozil's defence
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Ozalan from the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, said: "I congratulate Mesut Ozil". The SABC's Ira Spitzer reports from Berlin.

The Arsenal star announced that he would be calling time on his Germany career following the defending champions' exit from the World Cup at the group stage.

"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".

Ozil said he received threats and hate mail after the photographs with Erdogan were published.

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.

"He arrived on Sunday to travel and I prefer to give him the normality in the team and for him to feel good with us", said the Spanish coach, who is backing Ozil to respond brightly to any negative fallout. They also play Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.

"In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose". As a team that's all we can do.

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