I honoured Mesut Ozil’s choice, says Arsenal boss Unai Emery

New arsenal boss says he respects Mesut Ozil’s decision to retire from international football with Germany and wants to offer him a semblance of normality at Arsenal.

The midfielder called time on his nine-year career with Germany this week accusing the German Football Association (DFB) of treating him with “racism and disrespect” over the issue of a photograph featuring the player alongside Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan which was taken before the World Cup.

The DFB has “emphatically rejected” Ozil’s claims of racist treatment and while the Gunners manager Emery did not take sides, he offered his support to the German as a member of his squad on a pre-season tour of Singapore.

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.””That’s all we can do. Obviously his decision is his decision and everyone should respect that.

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