Arsenal have released a statement this afternoon to announce that neither Mesut Ozil or Sead Kolasinac would be travelling to Newcastle for our Premier League opener due to what are being described as ‘security incidents’.
The pair were involved in an attempted carjacking last month, when the Bosnian saw off a couple of knife-wielding thugs who had attempted a robbery.
However, despite being given time off around the Emirates Cup, it was thought to be done and dusted, but clearly there’s something serious going on for them to left out of the squad entirely.
The Arsenal statement reads:
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 the police and are providing the players and their families with ongoing support.
We look forward to welcoming the players back to the squad as soon as possible. We will not be making any further comment on the matter.
Let’s hope whatever this is gets cleared up as quickly as possible for the sake of both players and their families.
This is clearly a serious situation, perhaps some reprisals from the initial incident, or more deliberate targetting of them, so fingers crossed there’s a satisfactory resolution.