New Arsenal boss Unai Emery has offered to support Mesut Ozil after the midfielder’s controversial decision to retire from international duty with Germany earlier this week.
The 29-year-old called time on his nine year career with Die Mannschaft after his treatment from the German Football Association (DFB), following the issue of a photograph he appeared in alongside Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, taken before the World Cup began.
Ozil who was born in Germany to Turkish origin parents accused the German Football Association (DFB) of treating him with “racism and disrespect,” which made him “no longer want to wear the German national team shirt,” but the DFB “emphatically rejected” Ozil’s claims of racist treatment.
“I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Ozil said.
But on Wednesday, speaking ahead of the International Champions Cup match against Atletico Madrid, Emery said: “It’s a personal decision (which) I respect.
“We are like his home. We are like his family. We are going to help him to feel good.
“He feels here with us that he can work every day, and it is good for us that he decided to come here and work with us before our two matches.
“I prefer to give him normality in the team, he feels good with us.”
Emery, who back in May became the Premier League side’s first new manager in 22 years after Arsene Wenger stepped down, said he had not yet spoken to Ozil about his decision which was explained across several lengthy statements on Twitter.
On Sunday Ozil returned to pre-season training with Arsenal over in Singapore and Wednesday he took part in a training session at a private school before the team face Atletico Madrid in a friendly on Thursday night and Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday.