Arsenal hug for Ozil after World Cup 'racism and disrespect'

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Ozil announced his worldwide retirement on Sunday, weeks after Germany's first-round World Cup exit.

Ozil, who was born in Germany to Turkish-origin parents, said he felt "racism and disrespect" - pointing the finger at German football authorities - in his no-holds-barred statement released over the weekend.

Ozil was the target of criticism for his performances during Germany's disappointing World Cup in Russian Federation, as well as for his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May.

"Everybody at the club is thinking like me to help him and to feel (good) here and express his quality with us". "I´m looking at every player and I think Mesut, he has here the respect of every player".

Ozil joined the Arsenal squad in Singapore for pre-season training, before they face Atletico Madrid in a friendly on Thursday.

"Arguably the issue that has frustrated me the most over the past couple of months has been the mistreatment from the DFB, and in particular the DFB President Richard Grindel", he said.

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"He's training really well, he's happy to be with us and we're happy to have him back as well because he is one of the key players in our team and we need him to be fit and ready for the season".

It also condemned "the treatment, threats and derogatory messages" against Ozil and asked the football community to stand united against "racism and intolerance".

Ozil has not commented about his decision since his arrival in Singapore on Monday with Arsenal. He feels here with us that he can work every day, and it is good for us that he made a decision to come here and work with us before our two matches'.

Emery added: '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.

Arsenal will also play Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday in the tournament.

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