Aaron Ramsey has given his backing to Mesut Ozil after the spotlight was turned on the German following his departure from the national side with accusations of racism and discrimination levelled at the DFB.
The former Real Madrid man returned to the Arsenal fold for the trip to Singapore, and speaking ahead of tomorrow’s encounter with Atletico Madrid, the Welshman was asked about the situation.
“Mes is a vital member of the team here and has been great for us over the years so it’s important for us to stand by him,” he said.
“I’m not sure exactly what’s going on, all we know is that we are right behind him, there’s a place for him here and we appreciate everything he gives to this club.
“We know how important he is for this club, we’re all standing right behind him.
And when it was put to him it might be beneficial to Arsenal, he quipped, “He might get a few more days off!”
The Gunners have been training hard during the pre-season and Ramsey said that although both Unai Emery and Arsene Wenger are both fantastic managers, there were some differences in the preparation.
“This one’s been slightly different,” he said. “Tactically we’ve been working very hard and there’s a lot of information to take on.
“That’s probably the main difference.”
As for his own future, which is still very much up in the air, the midfielder confirmed talks were ongoing over a new contract but that no agreement had been found just yet.