ARSENAL are worried Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will miss more game time having been caught in the midst of a north London gang war, it has been claimed.
The duo missed the Gunners’ Premier League opener at Newcastle at the weekend which the club blamed on ‘further security incidents’ after harrowing scenes saw the pair held up at knifepoint.
Arsenal got off to a winning start at St James’ Park – beating Steve Bruce’s side 1-0 thanks to a second-half strike from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
But Unai Emery now faces games at home to Burnley, away to Liverpool and a north London derby at home to bitter rivals Spurs without the frightened pair.
London based gangs are said to be connected to the incidents and Arsenal are concerned the matter may become an ongoing issue, according to The Mail.
The duo are also said to be deeply concerned after the original incident looks to have rolled into something bigger.
German star Ozil installed 24-hour security – including guard dogs – outside his home last week after two men were arrested nearby.
And Kolasinac’s wife is said to have fled back to Germany in fear for her safety.
Given the Gunners’ obligation to protect their players’ safety while on club duty the pair are now on 24-hour-watch.
And speaking after the Newcastle game, Emery confirmed the players would be out indefinitely.
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He said: “The club is managing that circumstance.
“We want to be with them as soon as possible and with normality in training and normality to be ready to play.
“But I don’t know now when they will be available.”