Is footballer Mesut Ozil German or Turkish?

Arnold Nichols
July 26, 2018

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

Ozil's announcement that he was retiring from global football at the age of 29 came in a series of lengthy, defiant statements in which he decried his treatment in the wake of the nation's disastrous World Cup campaign as well as the reaction to a controversial meeting he held with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan back in May.

Emery, who in May became the Premier League side's first new manager in 22 years after Arsene Wenger stepped down, said Ozil felt at home with Arsenal.

The message was one of clear support for Ozil.

"We must all work together to make use of the potential to create a positive social impact that promotes all-inclusive and respectful values of football".

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"We are expecting good matches against Paris St Germain and Atletico Madrid.

We are going to help him to feel good", Emery added. Emery has not held private talks with Ozil over his worldwide situation, with the Spaniard taking the view that it is better to give the player "normality" rather than create an even bigger fuss.

"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". He is very nice every day and training well with his team-mates.

The Turkish Football Federation also issued a statement, saying it "offers its full support" to Ozil and his family. Emery is keen to appoint five captains, which is a model followed by clubs including Barcelona in Spain, but is yet to announce his chosen leaders. "It's a test for us to get ready for the new season, so it's something to look forward to". "I´m looking at every player and I think Mesut, he has here the respect of every player". He's played at worldwide level, and he's a key player for us so yes he's one of the candidates.


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