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'We want to make Mesut feel at home here'

Mesut Ozil

Unai Emery held a press conference in Singapore on Wednesday and was asked about Mesut Ozil's situation regarding the German national team.

This is what the Arsenal head coach told the media:

on Ozil’s decision not play for Germany anymore…
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.

on whether he agrees with Ozil's decision…
I am very happy with him, every player is looking together and Mesut has the respect of every player here.

on whether he spoke to Mesut about his decision…
Not yet, because 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. 

on what the DFB should do now…
It is a personal decision from Mesut and I respect it.

on whether it is worrying what Mesut said in his statement…
He thinks what is best for him, he explained his decision and here we need to help him.

on whether Mesut is mentally prepared…
He has experience, he has quality and he has a great mentality and we are going to help him feel good and to show his quality with us. I am sure he is going to have a big season with us.

on Uli Hoeness’ comments…
I respect everybody and their opinions, but we are professionals and we need to understand everyone but work for us and to be together. We know the football [world] around us is about opinion and critique, we have a mentality and quality to work away from this opinion.