Watch Kolasinac fight off knife-wielding moped gang with bare hands following attack on Arsenal team-mate Ozil’s Mercedes


MESUT OZIL ran for his life as he and fellow Arsenal star Sead Kolasinac were attacked by a gang of knife-wielding moped thugs yesterday.

Germany World Cup winner Ozil, 30, was seen racing through North London in his Mercedes G-Class SUV as the masked carjackers gave chase.

Arsenal teammate Sead Kolasinac jumped out of the car to fend off the attackers with his bare hands
Mesut Ozil abandoned his car and darted into nearby Turkish restaurant after knife-wielding car-jackers attacked him in North London yesterday afternoon
The players laughed off their ordeals today

The ordeal began at defender Kolasinac’s house in leafy Childs Hill at around 5pm on Thursday when the knife-wielding thugs tried to steal a watch and gain access to Ozil’s car.

Dramatic footage shows 26-year-old Kolasinac – nicknamed The Tank – leaping from the £100,000 motor and fighting off the armed attackers with his bare hands at around 5pm.

But after Kolasinac got back in the car, the horror continued as the moped muggers chased the players for a mile down Golders Green Road at high speed.

Even when midfielder Ozil’s car came to a halt, the helmet-wearing raiders launched stones and a brick at the 4×4’s windows.

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The moped thugs had given chase to Ozil’s Mercedes G-Class SUV in North London
Bosnian left-back Kolasinac bravely managed to send the attackers scarpering
Childhood pals Ozil (right) with wife Amine (far left) at Kolasinac’s wedding to Bella last month
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A “terrified” Ozil and his wife Amine, who was in the car at the time of the attack, then abandoned the gold-trimmed SUV and fled on foot.

They took refuge in their favourite Turkish restaurant, who the star had called for help during the drama.

Staff immediately rushed to the £350,000-a-week star’s aid, piling out onto the street to help chase away the would-be carjackers.

Police rushed to the scene and cops were later spotted questioning the Gunners forward.

Despite the drama, Kolasinac posted a picture of him and Ozil smiling as they walked to training together in Arsenal polo shirts and shorts today.

He wrote “think we‘re fine” along with a fist bump and smiling face emoji.

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

Financial worker Azuka Alintah, 36, was out food shopping when he witnessed the end of the horrifying chase.

He told Mail Online: “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.

“God knows what would have happened if they’d caught him.

“It looked to me like he’d have been hacked to shreds and he clearly thought so too.”

How Kolasinac's family fled bloody war

THE 6ft Bosnian – known as The Tank – was born in Germany to refugee parents who fled their Balkan homeland.

They settled in Karlsruhe where dad Faik worked at a local Mercedes-Benz factory while Kolasinac began attracting the attention of German clubs.

Although he gained fame, the humble footballer always made sure he visited home each week for a traditonal dinner cooked by his mum.

The family still make an annual visit to their native Domanovici but Kolasinac has praised Germany for how the country helped his family.

He said in 2017: “I have Germany to thank for everything, just like my family.

“At that time it was not easy as a refugee. In my country there was a war, it was not easy to go to Germany and gain a foothold. Germany made that possible.”

Family-driven Kolasinac married his long-term girlfriend Bella last month in Baden after meeting her at Schalke 04.

The German side is where The Tank first met his best mate Ozil, who at five years his senior looked after him.

Both players bonded over their shared Muslim faith and have since attended each other’s weddings.

Yasmin Tahsiner, the joint owner of the Likya restaurant where the stars took refuge, told Sky News the two footballers are regular customers.

She confirmed a panicked Ozil called her business partner during the “10 or 15 minute” chase and told him to call the police.

There have been no arrests and detectives are investigating the brazen attack, Scotland Yard said.

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.”

In a now-deleted tweet, Kolasinac posted a picture of the fist bump emoji last night.

Ozil and Kolasinac have been friends since they were teenagers when they played together at German side Schalke 04 and they have grown closer since since the Bosnian under his wing at Arsenal in 2017.

They were pictured together at Kolasinac’s marriage to Bella, alongside Ozil’s wife Amine Gulse in Baden, Germany.

How moped muggers have targeted rich and famous

THE violent attack on Ozil and Kolasinac is the latest in a string of moped muggings on celebs in the UK.

Just last month, Strictly star Pasha Kovalev was robbed of his mobile by moped thieves while standing outside a theatre.

Last year, comedian Michael McIntyre was mugged by knife-wielding thugs in front of his terrified son, 11, in Hampstead, North West London.

In the same month, Keith Lemon was attacked by moped muggers in the street who tried nabbing his watch.

Sajid Javid revealed in 2018 that robbers stole his mobile phone as he stood outside Euston station.

Fellow politician George Osborne was also targeted by a gang that robbed 103 phones in an 18-day reign of terror.

In 2016, footballer Andy Carroll was chased by a gun-wielding mugger as he drove his Jeep to the West Ham training ground.

But it isn’t just celebs being targeted – with shocking figures revealing the growth of moped crime has exploded by 1,000 per cent across the UK in the past three years.

And Lawless London has seen the highest spike in moped muggings, where over 19,000 separate offences were recorded last year alone.

One brazen moped mugger laughed as he told The Sun Online last year he could make £1,500-a-DAY stealing from innocent victims in London and bragged that cops are powerless.

The former gangster he has “no remorse” for the crimes he carried out and said he would target the rich because they’re insured, adding: “They’re not gonna miss nothing. Love that.”

Cops had been criticised due to a widespread belief that they weren’t allowed to pursue a suspect on a moped if they weren’t wearing a helmet.

But proposed changes in the law make it explicit that specially trained police drivers can chase a rider without a helmet.

Specialist cops known as the Scorpion Squad now use ‘tactical’ ramming to crackdown on the brutal crime.

Arsenal fan Piers Morgan tweeted: “Incredible guts from Sead Kolasinac – looks like he took on the whole moped/knife gang.”

Both players have just returned to England following Arsenal’s pre-season tour of America.

They each started in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in Washington DC.

Arsenal went on to lose the International Champions Cup clash 3-2 on penalties.

A spokesperson for Arsenal confirmed the duo were involved in an attempted carjacking.

They added: “We have been in contact with both players and they are fine.”

Mesut Ozil was spotted being chased by two thugs on mopeds along Golders Green Road in his black Mercedes G-Class SUV
Amine Ozil, pictured with the footballer in an Instagram snap, was also in the car as it was chased by knife-wielding thugs
Amine Ozil / Instagram
Sead Kolasinac (above) and his Arsenal team-mate are both OK after the attack, the club confirmed

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