Unai Emery says that the absence of Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac from the Emirates Cup yesterday was down to both players still not being quite right after the frightening incident in which they were involved last week.
The duo were set upon by knife wielding thugs, with the Bosnian seeing off the attackers, but clearly it’s something which had a psychological impact on them.
Speaking after the 2-1 defeat to Lyon, the Arsenal boss was quizzed about their non-participation, and revealed he felt they needed more time to recover.
“Every player is very important in the team, but also each moment and some circumstances give us a decision between the player and us,” he said.
“It’s not a good moment to play because their mind is not now 100 per cent. It’s a very personal circumstance and the most important thing now is that they can feel good, they can feel safe, they can feel calm with their family.
“They came this morning but I spoke to them and decided it was best to continue their resting with their families and wait for a few days to hopefully come and start normally with the team.”
Both players are expected to travel to France this week as the Gunners play their penultimate game of pre-season against Angers.