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Mesut Ozil all smiles in first Arsenal pre-season training session

Mesut Ozil all smiles in first Arsenal pre-season training session

"It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at worldwide level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect", he said.

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

Ozil was slammed for being pictured with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan back in May and an early elimination at the World Cup saw the 29-year-old receive yet more criticism in Germany.

That explanation led to a reaction in the German media which Ozil described as "right-wing propaganda", accusing some elements of the press of using the Erdogan scandal for their "further their political cause". Emery said: 'It is a personal decision from Mesut and I respect it.

'I respect everybody and their opinions, but we are professionals and we need to understand everyone but work for us and to be together.

"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".

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Mission. "What we need now, though, is we need to continue that", Pompeo said. Since the June summit in Singapore between Mr.

"In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but an immigrant when we lose", Ozil wrote.

"For him it´s one thing with the national team and another with us", Emery said. We know the football [world] around us is about opinion and critique, we have a mentality and quality to work away from this opinion.

The DFB on Monday rejected Ozil's claims of racism and reiterated their belief that the player should have explained his motive behind the meeting, as team-mate Ilkay Gundogan did.

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

"He is a key player for us so obviously he is the main candidate [to become captain]". "It's a test for us to get ready for the new season, so it's something to look forward to".


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