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Premier League Players Attacked On London Street

Arsenal’s Ozil and Kolasinac targeted, both escape unharmed.

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Ozil and Kolasinac chat during a training session in LA, California last week.
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Arsenal footballers Mesut Oil and Sead Kolasinac managed to escape what appeared to be a car-jacking attempt in a London street this evening.

In a video circulating on social media, Kolasinac is seen fighting off two men wielding knives. It appears the masked men had pulled alongside the vehicle, driven by Ozil, on mopeds.

According to The Guardian, both men were seen in Platt Lane, near Golders Green, brandishing knives at 26-year-old Kolasinac, who ran at them regardless.

An eye-witness said Ozil had spoken to police outside a nearby Turkish restaurant from which staff had come to the players’ aid. He added the German midfielder had looked terrified after being chased by the knife-wielding attackers. “He looked like he was running for his life.”

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police 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 police say no arrests have been made, as their enquiries continue.

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

The club are treating it as a “private matter” and say it does not affect the players’ pre-season training.

Kolasinac and midfielder Özil 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.