London – Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will miss their facet’s Premier League opener at Newcastle on Sunday after “further security incidents” involving the pair, the north London membership introduced.
Ozil and Kolasinac had been caught in an tried car-jacking within the English capital final month, with the defender leaping from the automobile to confront the knife-wielding raiders whereas the previous Germany worldwide sped off to security.
A press release from Arsenal on Friday mentioned: “Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will not be part of the squad for our opening match against Newcastle United following further security incidents which are being investigated by the police.”
Neither featured within the Emirates Cup pre-season defeat in opposition to Lyon simply days after the preliminary incident, with Arsenal supervisor Unai Emery admitting they’d not been in the proper mind set after the terrifying confrontation.
Ozil’s G-Wagon was blocked by the moped-riding thugs, who then brandished weapons earlier than Kolasinac compelled them to again off whereas locals close to his house within the Childs Hill space of town got here to the pair’s support.
Ozil and his spouse discovered security at a Turkish restaurant, whose proprietor Yasmin Tahsimer revealed: “He known as me whereas they had been being chased and mentioned ‘come out, name the police please’.
“Once they had been chasing Ozil’s automotive they had been throwing massive bricks at it and utilizing an extended metallic pole. They broken the automotive. The wives had been inside and had been frightened and scared.”
German midfielder Ozil and Bosnian left-back Kolasinac had each featured in Arsenal’s last pleasant at Barcelona and had been anticipated to be in competition to face Newcastle at St James’ Park.
The suggestion of recent incidents involving the gamers will likely be massively regarding and the assertion added: “The welfare of our gamers and their households is at all times a high precedence and now we have taken this choice following dialogue with the gamers and their representatives.
“We’re liaising with the police and are offering the gamers and their households with ongoing help.
“We look ahead to welcoming the gamers again to the squad as quickly as potential.
“We will not be making any further comment on the matter.”
Arsenal are believed to have elevated safety across the duo following the incident, whereas World Cup winner Ozil had additionally employed minders to guard his property.
Kolasinac and Ozil weren’t the primary footballers to be focused on London’s streets.
In 2016, Andy Carroll, a former West Ham participant now at Newcastle, was threatened at gunpoint on his method house from coaching.