Thursday, 25 July 2019

Arsenal stars Ozil and 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 his black Mercedes G Class 4x4 near Golders Green Road when he was boxed in by scooter-gang reportedly armed with knives.

The Arsenal playmaker then fled his car to take shelter in a nearby Turkish restaurant called Likya, 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 empty-handed 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 Goal 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.

The statement from the Metropolitan police said: “Police were called to Platts Lane, NW3, shortly before 5pm on Thursday, July 25 to reports of an attempted robbery.

“It was reported that suspects on motorbikes had attempted to rob a man who was driving a car.

“The driver, along with his passenger, managed to get away unharmed and travelled to a restaurant in Golders Green, where they were spoken to by officers.

“There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.”

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 pre-season 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 build-up 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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