Unai Emery Leaves Mesut Ozil To Fight His Own Battles With The German FA

Unai Emery is leaving Mesut Ozil to fight his own battles with the German FA.

The new Arsenal boss has not spoken to Ozil about his decision to retire from international football or the criticism he has received from his home country.

But he is ready to give the club’s highest-paid player all the love he needs during this week’s pre-season trip to Singapore.

And he is convinced that Ozil, 29, is finally going to produce the level of performances which frustrated Arsenal fans have been demanding for the last couple of years.

Emery, 46, explained: “I have not spoken to Mesut because he only arrived to travel with us on Sunday and I prefer to give him the normality in the team and make him feel good with us.

“It is a personal decision from Mesut to stop playing for Germany and I respect that. He is doing what he thinks is best for him and he has explained his reasons.

“I have seen the comments from Uli Hoeness and everyone has their opinions. We know how the football world works and we must have the quality and mentality  to work away from this criticism.

“But the national team is one thing for Mesut and Arsenal is something different.

“All of us want to make him feel like he is at home here with us, like a family. He has the respect of every player in the squad and it is good that he has decided to come here and work before our two matches this week.

“He came back for training three days early and it’s very nice that he is working well with his team-mates.

“He has the experience, he has quality and he has a great mentality, so we are going to help him to express his quality and I am sure he going to have a big season with us.”

It is not just Emery who is taking a hands-off approach with Ozil after the playmaker was accused of being “s*** for years,” by Bayern Munich president Hoeness.

His team-mates are also reluctant to discuss his accusations of racism.

Keeper Petr Cech added: “Mesut has his personal issues with the German federation but what happened between him and the national team is a private matter.

“It’s unfortunate for him but it’s not an issue for us. We will just do everything we can to support him because he’s one of our key players and we want to make sure he feels comfortable to perform at his best level.

“He’s training well and is happy to be with us. And we’re happy to have him back.”


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