Sead Kolasinac fights off armed men trying to rob Mesut Ozil’s car
Bosnian ran at knife-wielding attackers outside a restaurant in north London
Arsenal’s Sead Kolasinac (left) and Mesut Ozil. Photograph: Stuart McFarlane/Getty Images
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.”
An incident took place in London today where Arsenal's Mesut Ozil was the victim of an attempted car-jacking.— Goal (@goal) July 25, 2019
Footage appears to show Sead Kolasinac fighting off attackers.
Arsenal comment: ”We have been in contact with both players and they are fine.”pic.twitter.com/38Y2l4FJro
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.
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. – PA