Tuesday 17 September 2019

Arsenal say Ozil and Kolasinac ‘fine’ after Bosnian confronts armed aggressors

Kolasinac confronted two knife-wielding men with his bare hands after jumping out of a car to challenge them.

Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil were targeted in London on Thursday (Adam Davy/PA)
Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil were targeted in London on Thursday (Adam Davy/PA)

By PA Sport Staff

Arsenal full-back Sead Kolasinac fought off two men wielding knives after he and team-mate Mesut Ozil were attacked in north London on Thursday.

In a video of the incident that has been circulated on social media, Kolasinac can be seen jumping out of a vehicle to confront the masked aggressors, who had pulled alongside the car on mopeds.

In the footage, both men were seen to be armed and were filmed brandishing knives at 26-year-old Kolasinac.

An Arsenal spokesperson said: “We have been in contact with both players and they are fine.”

Kolasinac and midfielder Ozil are not the first London-based footballers to be targeted on the road.

In 2016, then West Ham striker Andy Carroll was threatened at gunpoint on his way home from training.

Police, who had received reports of an attempted robbery, went to Platts Lane, in north west London, shortly before 5pm, according to Scotland Yard.

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Kolasinac and Ozil escaped unharmed and police are investigating (Nigel French/PA)

A spokesman said: “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.”

The spokesman said there have been no arrests and officers are still investigating the incident.

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