Arsenal boss Unai Emery is keen to offer Mesut Ozil a semblance of “normality” following the midfielder’s controversial decision to retire from international duty with Germany this week.
Ozil, 29, called time on his nine-year career with Die Mannschaft after 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 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 at a press conference ahead of a friendly against Atletico Madrid, with Paris St Germain also providing opposition later on the trip, Emery told said: “All of us want to help Mesut feel like it is his home here with us, like a family and it is a family for every player.
“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.”
Emery has not yet spoken to Ozil about his decision, which was explained across several lengthy statements on Twitter.
“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.
Emery is backing Ozil to respond brightly to the fallout from his criticism of the DFB.
Emery added: “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. I am sure he is going to have a big season with us.
“I am very happy with him, every player is looking together and Mesut has the respect of every player here. It is a personal decision from Mesut and I respect it.”