Mesut Ozil opts for Turkish flag chain after dumping German national team

Mesut Ozil opts for Turkish flag chain after dumping German national team

- Mesut Ozil quit the German national side after their disastrous outing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia last year

- The Arsenal playmaker was criticised by German fans after he was pictured with Turkish president Erdogan

- Ozil, who has since retired from Die Mannschaft after accusing the German FA of 'racism and disrespect', was displaying a Turkish symbol at the Emirates

Mesut Ozil has kick-started another controversy after he was spotted wearing a Turkish flag necklace at the Emirates Stadium ahead of Arsenal's Europa League semi-final with Valencia.

According to Daily Mail report, Ozil’s choice of chain is the direct consequence of his fallout and retirement from the German national team, following claims he was targeted due to his Turkish background.

Ozil, who is a third-generation Turkish-German featured 92 times for Die Mannschaft, helping them to World Cup success in 2014.

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But four year after, the Arsenal midfielder claimed he was singled-out for criticism after Germany’s disastrous outing in Russia, during their world title defence last summer.

Interestingly, Ozil was captured on camera with controversial Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the commencement of hostilities last summer, and was lambasted in Germany after the incident.

And the Arsenal playmaker was subjected to chants from the fans during Germany's World Cup games as they crashed out in the group stage.

The midfielder bowed out from international duty after accusing German FA president Reinhard Grindel of 'racism and disrespect'.

Ozil was in action for Arsenal on Thursday night, May 2, in their Europa League semi-final clash against Valencia.

The 30-year-old was on top of his a game as Unai Emery tutored-side claimed a 3-1 lead going into the reverse fixture in Spain next week.

Earlier this week Ozil admitted he was ready to stay at Arsenal beyond this summer.

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Responding, whether he wants to remain at the Emirates, Ozil said: "Absolutely. I've got two more years on my contract. I don't know after that but I've got two years left. Yes (I am happy here).

"Why not? I'm 30 now, I've still got years in front of me. It's down to the club as well of course."

Earlier, reported that Arsenal continued their dominance in the Europa League with a 3-1 win against Valencia on Thursday, May 2.

What looked like a shaky start after Moukhtar Diabaki put the visitors ahead ended up in a terrific night for the North London side as Alexandre Lacazette found the equaliser only six minutes later.

And from then on Arsenal relentlessly piled pressure on Valencia and really started asking questions of the La Liga team's defensive setup.

Lacazette was nice again involved in the main build up and created the second after rounding his mark and provided a brilliant through pass to Pierre Emerick Aubameyang who was at top speed. ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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