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Arsenal forward Reiss Nelson and midfielder Alex Iwobi sat alongside Ozil at the fan event in Singapore, with Nelson said new coach Unai Emery had been very active in his first few training sessions with the club.

Ozil released a three-part statement on Sunday, hitting out at the German Football Association (DFB), its chief Reinhard Grindel, the media and some fans after being widely condemned for meeting with Erdogan prior to the tournament in Russian Federation.

When asked whether he had discussed the matter with Ozil, Emery replied: "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".

"We are every player´s family and for him to work every day, to work well with his team-mates, is good for us". Emery said: 'It is a personal decision from Mesut and I respect it.

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.

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'I respect everybody and their opinions, but we are professionals and we need to understand everyone but work for us and to be together. I am sure he is going to have a big season with us'.

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 DFB itself issued a statement on Monday in which it acknowledged that it could have done more to protect Ozil from the abuse he suffered, but rejected outright the claims of racism, while again questioning Ozil's decision to be photographed with Erdogan.

"For him it´s one thing with the national team and another with us", Emery said. They also play Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.

"For us, he's an important player and obviously we're going to support him and make sure he feels right to perform at his best and feels comfortable".


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