Mesut Ozil Reveals How He Feels About Arsenal’s Singapore Tour

Ozil’s bitter retirement raises ugly questions for Germany

Mesut Ozil was among the selected Arsenal players that travelled to Singapore for the Pre-Season tour of the North Londoners and the player has revealed his excitement towards the upcoming matches where they will play against three top European clubs including their arch rivals Chelsea.

Ozil - who won 92 caps - criticised the German Football Association (DFB) in a three-part statement announcing his global retirement on Sunday, claiming they had failed to protect him from racially motivated criticism after the team's disappointing World Cup campaign.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil of Germany attends a training session in Singapore.

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has supported Mesut Ozil's decision to quit Germany's national team.

The 29-year-old was criticised after being photographed with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May. "Here I want to help him and everybody in the club is thinking like me, to help him feel happy and to express his quality with us".

'He feels here with us that he can work every day, and it is good for us that he chose to come here and work with us before our two matches.

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Erdogan told Turkish journalists on Tuesday he spoke to Ozil on Monday.

"In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose". Hoeness, like the German Federation, is angry Ozil blamed racism for his decision.

"It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at worldwide level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect", he said.

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Arsenal will also play Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday in the tournament.

We are going to help him to feel good.

"Training has been good and Emery has been a major influence to what we are doing on the training ground", the 18-year-old England youth global said.

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"As a team we support him here, we try to make sure he feels good, so he can train and perform at his best", said Cech.

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