Unai Emery sends message to Arsenal supporters about Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil is all smiles during an Arsenal training session in Singapore

The 29-year-old quit the national side on Sunday citing "racism and disrespect" due to his Turkish roots as key to the decision after he was singled out for criticism when Germany bombed out of the recent World Cup in the group stages.

He said in Ankara it's "truly unacceptable that a young man who has given everything to the German national team and has contributed to its success is facing such a racist attitude because of his religion". "We're a family and we'll offer him our full support".

Ozil was also criticised for meeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May, where the pair were photographed holding up an Arsenal shirt, and he has yet to comment on his retirement since he announced it through social media.

"I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose", Ozil wrote, adding: "Certain German newspapers are using my background and photo with President Erdogan as right-wing propaganda to further their political cause".

It also condemned "the treatment, threats and derogatory messages" against Ozil and asked the football community to stand united against "racism and intolerance". "I´m looking at every player and I think Mesut, he has here the respect of every player".

"It's a personal decision (which) I respect", Emery told reporters in Singapore a day before Arsenal play Atletico Madrid in the pre-season International Champions Cup tournament.

'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.

"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.

He has the support from the team and we hope by the start of the season he will be fit and ready to perform for us'.

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