Mesut Ozil has respect of every player, says Arsenal boss

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Ozil, who has Turkish roots, had been under fire since posing for a controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May which sparked questions about his loyalty to Germany's squad ahead of the tournament in Russian Federation.

Mesut Ozil looked to be in high spirits after linking up with the Arsenal squad for their pre-season trip to Singapore.

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

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.

The new Arsenal manager Emery might have hoped for a more straightforward assignment as he spoke to the media for the first time in south-east Asia but the morning was overshadowed by the continuing furore surrounding Ozil's decision.

"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".

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

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"He has experience, he has quality and he has a great mentality".

Ozil has not commented about his decision since his arrival in Singapore on Monday with Arsenal.

"This was after we watched with sadness what was done to Ozil, " the Turkish news agency DHA quoted Semerci as saying.

"I prefer to give him normality in the team, he feels good with us".

And the 29-year-old seemed to be in good shape as he prepared himself for his first training session under the new man in charge at The Emirates.

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'.

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech also said the players were keen to support Ozil, who smashed the club´s transfer record when he moved from Real Madrid in 2013.

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