Monday 19 August 2019

Two men charged over security incident in connection with Arsenal duo

Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will miss the Gunners’ Premier League opener.

Mesut Ozil is one of two Arsenal players withdrawn this weekend due to security incidents (Adam Davy/PA)
Mesut Ozil is one of two Arsenal players withdrawn this weekend due to security incidents (Adam Davy/PA)

By PA sport staff

Two men have been charged over a security incident in connection with two Arsenal players, police have confirmed.

Arsenal announced on Friday that Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac would not be in their squad for Sunday’s Premier League opener at Newcastle.

The club said the players, who were targeted by car-jackers in north London last month, had been withdrawn due to “further security incidents”.

It is now known an incident occurred on Thursday, with the Metropolitan Police confirming that two men were arrested.

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Sead Kolasinac (left) and Mesut Ozil are set to return for Arsenal's clash with Burnley on Saturday (PA)

According to reports, the men were arrested after becoming involved in an altercation with security staff outside Ozil’s house.

A police statement read: “Two men have been charged under Section 4a of the Public Order Act following an incident in Camden on Thursday, 8 August.

“Ferhat Ercan, 27, and Salaman Ekinci, 27, were charged on 9 August following the incident and are due to appear at Highbury Corner magistrates’ court on 6 September.”

Neither midfielder Ozil, 30, nor defender Kolasinac, 26, have been harmed.

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. Arsenal statement

Arsenal’s statement on Friday read: “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.

“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.”

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