News ID: 256362
Published: 0149 GMT July 26, 2019

Arsenal’s Ozil, Kolasinac attacked by carjackers in attempted robbery

Arsenal’s Ozil, Kolasinac attacked by carjackers in attempted robbery

Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac are both safe after being attacked by would-be carjackers in London.

Ozil was driving near Golders Green Road when he was boxed in by scooter-gang reportedly armed with knives, reported.

The Arsenal playmaker then fled his car to take shelter in a nearby Turkish restaurant, while Kolasinac, seated in the passenger’s seat, appeared to fight some of the attackers.

A video that has surfaced on social media of the incident appears to show Bosnia-Herzegovina international Kolasinac scuffle with one helmet-clad assailant and then, as the car pulls away, he charges another.

The remainder of the assailants fled emptyhanded after staff from the restaurant came to the aid of Ozil and Kolasinac.

Police soon arrived at the scene, blocking off the road to search for the assailants.

Both players avoided injury and did not need medical treatment, with Arsenal providing a statement to saying, “We have been in contact with both players and they are fine.”

The Arsenal duo both provided statements to police, and then departed the scene.

Police also confirmed an incident with assailants on motorbikes had occurred, though they have yet to make any arrests in the case.

Fortunately, neither Ozil nor Kolasinac were believed to have been injured in the attempted robbery.

Both Gunners players only recently returned to London, having both been involved in Arsenal’s preseason tour of the United States, which concluded on Tuesday.

It is understood that the incident is unlikely to affect Unai Emery's remaining plans for the buildup to the new campaign, with the Gunners back in action at the Emirates Stadium against Lyon on Sunday.

They begin their Premier League campaign on August 11 with a visit to Newcastle.


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