Arsenal aces Ozil and Kolasinac 'caught in middle of London gang war'

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Ozil and Kolasinac were accosted by moped muggers last week who attempted to rob them and then chased their 4×4 around Golders Green and Hampstead.

The two have now been left out of the Arsenal squad ahead of the side’s clash against Newcastle for “security reasons”

And it has emerged Kolasinac and Ozil have been placed under 24-hour guard as they have become the centre of a feud between local yobs and a gang of East Europeans.

It is alleged the set of gangsters behind the attempted mugging have warned by a another pack of crooks that it will not tolerate attacks on footie players. 

Two men were arrested at Ozil’s home this week amid the spat, and Kolasinac’s terrified wife Jana has fled to Germany, reports The Sun.

“Word came back from the other gangsters that they would not be intimidated”

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“Word came back from the other gangsters that they would not be intimidated,” a source said. 

“To show they were serious, the thugs issued more threats to the Arsenal players and refused to be cowed.

“It was thought that originally the robbers wanted their watches but now they have been told that they want everything the pair have.”

Guards have now been signed to both millionaire Arsenal stars as police continue their probe. 

Ozil and Kolasinac

HORROR: Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac are under 24-hour guard amid the gang war (Pic: GETTY)

Eastern Europeans gangsters have now taken it upon themselves to defend the pair as both players are “very popular”. 

Mob bosses were reportedly “shocked” at how brazen the local yobs were in the attack. 

The two men arrested outside Ozil’s home are being held for public order offences.

There are also reports incidents have also taken place outside Kolasinac’s property, and that both players’ families are being targeted online. 

Mesut Ozil

SECURITY: Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac have been pulled from today’s clash with Newcastle (Pic: GETTY)

Sead Kolasinac

HERO: Sead Kolasinac was praised for his brave efforts to fight off the muggers (Pic: GETTY)

Ozil and Kolasinac were roped into the feud when they were travelling through London in the midfielder’s Mercedes G-Wagon.

The £100,000 motor came under attack from a gang of machete armed moped muggers who were targeting their watches.

CCTV revealed the moment Kolasinac – nicknamed The Tank – heroically leapt from the car in a bid to fight them off with his bare hands. 

Ozil meanwhile stayed in the car to protect his wife Anime and the Bosnian’s missus Jana. 

Kolasinac knife fight

THE TANK: Sead Kolasinac take a swing at the helmet-wearing moped thug who stopped them (Pic: CCTV)

Kolasinac and Ozil attempted to escape the thugs, but were chased as bricks were hurled at the 4×4.

The two pals managed to get to one of their favourite Turkish restaurants to find help.

Staff and passersby managed to help protect the players from the thugs, who had also armed themselves with a long metal pole.

Both their wives were reportedly “terrified”, and Kolasinac has been hailed as a “hero” for his actions.

Ozil and Kolasinac

PALS: Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac are good friend away from the pitch (Pic: GETTY)

Arsenal said in a statement: “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 police and are providing the players and their families with support. 

“We look forward to welcoming the players back to the squad as soon as possible.”

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