Published: Thu, July 26, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Is footballer Mesut Ozil German or Turkish?

Is footballer Mesut Ozil German or Turkish?

The 29-year-old quit the national side on Sunday citing "racism and disrespect" due to his Turkish roots as key to the decision.

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has finally made a comment about the decision made by his player and says that they are ready to support the German global in this time where he has been hurt by his country which he says that he has given all up until now.

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.

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".

"He is a very important player and we want him to perform and feel comfortable".

Erdogan told Turkish journalists on Tuesday he spoke to Ozil on Monday.

The 2014 World Cup-winner said he was unfairly maligned over Germany´s group-stage exit in Russian Federation, after some media highlighted a pre-tournament photo with Turkey´s strongman President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The German football association has rejected Ozil's claims of racism. "It's a test for us to get ready for the new season, so it's something to look forward to".

Ozil declined to comment on Wednesday as he took part in a training session at a private school in Singapore ahead of Thursday´s friendly against Atletico Madrid.

"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.

Arsenal play Atletico Madrid on Thursday before facing Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday. As a team that's all we can do.

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