Published: Thu, July 26, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

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

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

"I´m looking at every player and I think Mesut, he has here the respect of every player".

When Emery was asked about the player's mental state going into the new season, the coach said: "I'm sure he's going to have a great season with us".

The German Football Association said it "emphatically rejected" Ozil's accusations of racism.

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

Erdogan said on Tuesday the treatment of Ozil was racist and unacceptable.

The Turkish Football Federation also issued a statement, saying it "offers its full support" to Ozil and his family.

"In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose". "He's got experience, quality and a great mentality".

Ozil watched on by Unai Emery in training in Singapore
Ozil watched on by Unai Emery in training in Singapore Credit ARSENAL FC

In Singapore, Ozil is receiving unconditional support from his colleagues and employers. Ozil is, however, in line to face PSG on Saturday.

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

It had originally been unclear as to whether Ozil would join his team-mates for the start of the tour but following talks with his new manager last week, the German chose to cut his holiday short by three days and increase the intensity of his pre-season.

"He feels here with us that he can work every day, and it is good for us that he chose to come here and work with us before our two matches".

"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. 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.

"He's training really well, he's happy to be with us and we're happy to have him back as well because he is one of the key players in our team and we need him to be fit and ready for the season".

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