Arsenal manager respects Ozil's Germany choice, says Gunners are his 'home'

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.

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

That explanation led to a reaction in the German media which Ozil described as "right-wing propaganda", accusing some elements of the press of using the Erdogan scandal for their "further their political cause".

Emery, who has also managed Valencia, Sevilla and PSG, was brought in to replace Arsene Wenger after he ended his nearly 22-year tenure last 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.

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

"He has experience, he has quality and he has a great mentality". I am sure he is going to have a big season with us'.

Sania, took to Twitter as she supported, Ozil. He has taken full part in double training sessions on tour but the match against Atletico Madrid on Thursday will come too soon.

Some have done little to dispel this idea in the aftermath of Ozil's retirement, dismissing the statements as "whining" from a player desperately short of form.

Mesut Ozil looked to be in high spirits after linking up with the Arsenal squad for their pre-season trip to 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. He is very nice every day and training well with his team-mates.

Both players are of Turkish descent, but the incident sparked a furious backlash in Germany, with the national football federation (DFB) criticizing the pair for meeting a figure whom it said did "not sufficiently respect" the values that it stands for. Emery is keen to appoint five captains, which is a model followed by clubs including Barcelona in Spain, but is yet to announce his chosen leaders. "I´m looking at every player and I think Mesut, he has here the respect of every player".

Ozil's team-mate Petr Cech added: "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".

  • Stacy Allen