Ivan Gazidis defends Mezut Ozil over Germany controversy

Ozil arrived in Singapore on Monday after announcing his retirement from international football

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

Mesut Ozil was selected among the squad which travelled to Singapore for the International Champions Cup which Arsenal will be participating in and the Arsenal manager made the comments from the Asian country.

"I am very happy with him, every player is looking together and Mesut has the respect of every player here".

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is keen to offer Mesut Ozil a semblance of "normality" following the midfielder's controversial decision to retire from global duty with Germany this week.

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".

Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan, a teammate also of Turkish descent who posed with Erdogan as well, were jeered by German fans in warm-up games before the tournament began.

"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".

Ozil watched on by Unai Emery in training in Singapore
Ozil watched on by Unai Emery in training in Singapore Credit ARSENAL FC

The German Football Association said it "emphatically rejected" Ozil's accusations of racism.

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.

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

"Normality is the best thing for him and I am sure he´s going to do a big season with us this year.it´s very, very personal and here I want to help him".

Arsenal take on Atletico Madrid at the National Stadium before they also play Paris St Germain on Sunday.

"We are like his home". As a team that's all we can do.

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