Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will not be part of the Arsenal squad to play Newcastle tomorrow following ‘further security incidents’ which are being investigated by the police.
It comes two weeks after they were attacked by knife-wielding thugs on mopeds in north west London, and Sportsmail understands the pair have been targeted in further incidents near their homes over the past few days. Both players are said to be safe.
Footage of the suspected carjacking attempt showed Kolasinac jumping out of Ozil’s car to fight off the two men. Both avoided injury and played in the club’s final pre-season friendly against Barcelona but in a statement last night, Arsenal confirmed that neither would travel to St James’ Park.
‘The welfare of our players and their families is always a top priority,’ said the club. ‘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.