Arsenal boss Unai Emery is keen to offer Mesut Ozil a semblance of “normality” following his descion to retire from international duty with Germany this week.
Mesut Ozil, 29, called time on his nine-year career with Germany after accusing the German Football Association (DFB) of treating him with “racism and disrespect” over the issue of a photograph featuring the player alongside Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan which was taken before the World Cup.
The DFB has “emphatically rejected” Ozil’s claims of racist treatment and while Gunners manager Emery did not take sides, he offered his support to the German as a member of his squad on a pre-season tour of Singapore.
Speaking before Thursday’s friendly against Atlético Madrid Emery said: “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.
“He feels here with us that he can work every day, and it is good for us that he decided to come here and work with us before our two matches.”
Emery says he has not yet spoken to Ozil about his decision, which was explained across several lengthy statements on Twitter.
“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.