Unai Emery hopes Mesut Ozil can feel at home with Arsenal after Germany racism storm

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Ozil is in the centre of a storm after accusing the German federation of racism.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is keen to offer Mesut Ozil a semblance of “normality” following the midfielder’s controversial decision to retire from international duty with Germany this week.

Ozil, 29, called time on his nine-year career with Die Mannschaft after accusing the German football Association (DFB) of treating him with “racism and disrespect” over the issue of a photograph featuring the player alongside Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan which was taken before the World Cup.

The DFB has “emphatically rejected” Ozil’s claims of racist treatment and while Gunners manager Emery did not take sides, he offered his support to the German as a member of his squad on a pre-season tour of Singapore.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Thursday’s friendly against Atletico Madrid, with Paris St Germain also providing opposition later on the trip, Emery told arsenal.com: “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.”

Emery says he has not yet spoken to Ozil about his decision, which was explained across several lengthy statements on Twitter.

“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,” said the Spanish coach, who is backing Ozil to respond brightly to any negative fallout.

“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.

“I am very happy with him, every player is looking together and Mesut has the respect of every player here. It is a personal decision from Mesut and I respect it.”

Goalkeeper Petr Cech, who insists he is “concentrating on this season” amid speculation about his long-term future at the Emirates Stadium, is also keen to support Ozil as a colleague and to avoid assuming a position in his argument with the DFB.

The 36-year-old Czech said: “I’m not in a position to really comment on that, it’s a private personal matter for Mesut against the German Federation.

“As a team we support him here, we try to make sure he feels good, so he can train and perform at his best. As a team that’s all we can do.

“Obviously his decision is his decision and everyone should respect that.

“He’s training really well, he’s happy to be with us and we’re happy to have him back as well because he is one of the key players in our team and we need him to be fit and ready for the season.

“He has been working really hard so hopefully he will be fit.”

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Jack Wilshere, Felipe Anderson and other new faces at West Ham

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West Ham have been one of the biggest spenders during the summer transfer window, splashing almost £100million on seven new players.

Here, we run the rule over the new faces at the London Stadium.

Felipe Anderson

New manager Manuel Pellegrini smashed the club’s record transfer fee to land Brazilian playmaker Anderson for around £40million from Lazio.

Pellegrini’s top target is renowned for his dribbling skills and was part of the Brazil squad which won Olympic gold two years ago.

The 25-year-old is also a close friend of Neymar having played alongside the Paris Saint-Germain star at Santos.

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Ryan Fredericks

Pellegrini’s first signing was right-back Fredericks on a free transfer from Fulham.

The 25-year-old, who began his career at Tottenham and also had spells at Brentford, Millwall, Middlesbrough and Bristol City, was named in the Championship team of the year last season after helping Fulham to promotion via the play-offs.

Ryan Fredericks

Lukasz Fabianski

Experienced 33-year-old goalkeeper who excelled for Swansea over the last four years but was unable to prevent them being relegated last season.

West Ham spent around £7million on the former Arsenal keeper after Joe Hart’s disappointing loan spell came to an end this summer.

Fabianski will start the season as first choice ahead of Spaniard Adrian.

Lukasz Fabianski

Issa Diop

Highly-rated centre-half who cost in the region of £22million from Toulouse, Diop was named in the team of the tournament – and scored in the final – as France won the European Under-19 championships in 2016.

Despite being only 21, Diop was named Toulouse captain last season as they retained their place in Ligue 1 in the promotion/relegation play-off against Ajaccio.

Issa Diop

Jack Wilshere

West Ham took a chance on the midfielder after he opted to leave Arsenal following 10 years with the north Londoners.

Wilshere’s quality on the ball is unquestionable but doubts persist about his fitness.

Nevertheless, the 26-year-old will be keen to push his claims for an England recall having been overlooked for this summer’s World Cup.

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Andriy Yarmolenko

Another eye-catching attacking recruit, Yarmolenko was snapped up from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal for a fee of around £17.5million.

The 28-year-old winger has made 77 appearances for Ukraine and is 13 goals behind Andriy Shevchenko’s record total of 48.

He also endeared himself to West Ham fans by scoring against Spurs in the Champions League last season.

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Fabian Balbuena

Pellegrini further bolstered West Ham’s rearguard with the capture of Paraguayan centre-back Balbuena from Corinthians in a deal worth around £3.5million.

The 26-year-old’s style of play has earned the nickname ‘el Comandante’, or ‘the General’, and he celebrates his occasional goals with a military salute.

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Unai Emery wants Arsenal to play with 'style' and 'personality' in coming season

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Unai Emery takes over for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

New Arsenal head coach Unai Emery wants his team to play with style and personality this season.

The Spaniard has taken over at the north London club following the departure of long-serving manager Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal have been continuing their pre-season preparations in Singapore, where they face Europa League holders Atletico Madrid and also Paris Saint-Germain, Emery’s former team, as part of the International Champions Cup.

Speaking at an Emirates business lunch, Emery gave an insight into just how he expects his players to approach the start of the new Premier League campaign, which begins against champions Manchester City on August 12.

“Each match, you are looking for every player to transmit intensity, aggression, to show that they want to win and are prepared to work hard to win. We want to do that with style, with a personality, with protagonists on the pitch,” Emery said, quoted on the club’s official website.

“We want every player to create things and find things when they’re on the ball. When we are without the ball, we also want to show ambition to recover the ball quickly.

“We want to demonstrate that not only in every match, but also in every training session.

“We want our players to be energetic, full of action with or without the ball and as protagonists on the pitch doing things.”

Looking ahead to the visit of City, Emery added: “With all the energy of the players and the supporters, we know we can start the season with a big performance against a big team.”

Mesut Ozil has been focusing on club matters with the Gunners, joining up on the tour as he returned from an extended break after the World Cup.

On Sunday, the midfielder announced his decision to retire from international football. Ozil accused the German Football Association of treating him with “racism and disrespect” in the fall out from the emergence of a photograph featuring the player with Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Subsequently, the GFA expressed regret over Ozil’s decision to call time on his international career, but denied any allegations of racism.

Arsenal have yet to make any official comment on the situation. However, on Monday a post from their official Twitter account reinforced the club’s commitment to diversity.

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