Ozil, Kolasinac to Miss Newcastle Game Because of 'Further Security Incidents': Arsenal
Arsenal informed that Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will miss their first match of the Premier League season due to "further security incidents".
Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will miss Arsenal's match against Newcastle United (Photo Credit: Reuters)
London: Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will miss their side's Premier League opener at Newcastle on Sunday after "further security incidents" involving the pair.
Ozil and Kolasinac were caught in an attempted car-jacking in north London last month, with Gunners defender Kolasinac leaping from the vehicle to confront the knife-wielding raiders while Ozil sped off to safety.
A statement from Arsenal on Friday said: "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 in the Emirates Cup pre-season defeat against Lyon just days after the initial incident, with Arsenal manager Unai Emery admitting they had not been in the right frame of mind after the terrifying confrontation.
Ozil's car was blocked by the moped-riding thugs, who then brandished weapons before Kolasinac forced them to back off while locals near his home in the Childs Hill area of the city came to the pair's aid.
German midfielder Ozil and Bosnian left-back Kolasinac had both featured in Arsenal's final friendly at Barcelona and were expected to be in contention to face Newcastle at St James' Park.
The suggestion of new incidents involving the players will be hugely concerning and the statement added: "The welfare of our players and their families is always a top priority and we have taken this decision following discussion with the players and their representatives.
"We are liaising with the police and are providing the players and their families with ongoing support.
"We look forward to welcoming the players back to the squad as soon as possible.
"We will not be making any further comment on the matter."
Kolasinac and German midfielder Ozil were not the first footballers to be targeted on London's streets.
In 2016, Andy Carroll, a former West Ham player now at Newcastle, was threatened at gunpoint on his way home from training.
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