Arsenal review players' security after Ozil and Kolasinac knife gang horror

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The pair were targeted by masked men on Platts Lane, Hampstead, shortly before 5pm on Thursday.

They attempted to hijack Ozil’s £100,000 Mercedes but Kolasinac, nicknamed the tank, leapt out of the vehicle and fought them off with his bare hands. 

Both players trained yesterday and are available to play against Lyons in the Emirates Cup tomorrow. 

Kolasinac tweeted a picture of the pair smiling, adding: “Think we’re fine.”

Arsenal are now reviewing the attack and their players’ safety, The Times reports. 

Ozil attempted car robbery

THWARTED: The thugs attempted to hijack Ozil’s £100,000 Mercedes (Pic: TWITTER/DS)

The club have a security team of eight people who advise players on minimising risk while travelling. 

This includes changing their route home from training to avoid being followed. 

Arsenal also reportedly met with Oil’s private security staff, some of who were pictured outside his house yesterday. 

The pair were chased by the moped thugs on Golders Green Road before taking refuge in a Turkish restaurant, where staff dove them away and called police. 

Ozil and Kolasinac

LUCKY ESCAPE: The pair were uninjured in the attack (Pic: INSTAGRAM)

“It was totally mad and strange”

Eyewitness Azuka Alintah

Financial worker Azuka Alintah, 36, witnessed the end of the dramatic chase. 

He told Mail Online: “It was totally mad and strange.

“Ozil looked absolutely terrified, as anybody would after being chased by men with knives.

“He looked like he was running for his life. And I suppose he was.

“I saw him disappear into the restaurant with the motorcycle guys on his tail.

“They didn’t take off their helmets and were all in black, wearing long sleeved tops in this hot weather. They stood out. It was really creepy.”

Ozil

GUARDED: Ozil pictured leaving his London house after the incident (Pic: DS)

There have not yet been any arrests and cops are still probing the incident. 

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police added: “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.”

Daily Star Online has approached Arsenal FC for comment. 

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