Emery backs Ozil to embrace pressing game on 'home' turf

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil recently announced his decision to retire from worldwide football after he received strong criticism from the Germany football federation after he was pictured with the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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.

This week, Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness also accused Ozil of "playing like s*** for years" and said the German side targeted the player as the "weak link" when the two clubs met in the Champions League. So, how will Germany's and Europe's multicultural societies deal with this issue?

'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.

Erdogan told Turkish journalists on Tuesday he spoke to Ozil on Monday.

"I am very happy with him, every player is looking together and Mesut has the respect of every player here". He has taken full part in double training sessions on tour but the match against Atletico Madrid on Thursday will come too soon.

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"We want to help all the players and Mesut to feel here with us like he´s at home, like a family", Emery, who is in his first weeks as Arsenal coach, said during a pre-season visit to Singapore. "It's a test for us to get ready for the new season, so it's something to look forward to".

Arsenal forward Reiss Nelson and midfielder Alex Iwobi sat alongside Ozil at the fan event in Singapore.

"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.

"We are like his home".

Goalkeeper Petr Cech, meanwhile, also spoke out in support of his team-mate and said that Ozil would make a fine captain for the club. As a team that's all we can do.

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