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Arsenal’s Unai Emery offers Mesut Özil support after demoralising World Cup

• Midfielder made scapegoat for Germany’s early exit
• ‘I want him to start with good mentality with us’ – manager

Unai Emery has offered Mesut Özil help and support at a time when the player is digesting the ramifications of a deeply demoralising World Cup experience. Özil’s tournament was problematic on and off the field, as he became a scapegoat for Germany’s dismal tournament, and his father has said he was “offended” by the nature of some of the criticism.

“We are here to help every player,” Emery said. “For us Mesut is a very important player. We want to help to be well, fine with us.

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