Unai Emery says he doesn’t know when Ozil and Kolasinac will return

Date published: Monday 12th August 2019 9:16

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has admitted he doesn’t know when Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will return to action.

The duo were unhurt after an attempted carjacking last month, with remarkable footage showing Kolasinac getting out of the car and chasing off the assailants.

A video of the footage was shared on social media showing the 26-year-old Bosnian international  jumping out of a vehicle to confront the masked aggressors, who had pulled alongside the car on mopeds.

The pair then didn’t travel for the Gunners’ opening fixture against Newcastle on Sunday amid security concerns.

“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,” read an official statement from the club.

“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.”

Asked for an update on the situation after the 1-0 win at St. James’ Park, Emery responded: “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.”

Police have confirmed that two men have been arrested in connection with a security incident in connection with two Arsenal players.

The latest incident is confirmed to have taken place outside Ozil’s house last Thursday, in which two men were involved in an altercation with the German international’s security staff.

A police statement read: “Two men have been charged under Section 4a of the Public Order Act following an incident in Camden on Thursday, 8 August.

“Ferhat Ercan, 27, and Salaman Ekinci, 27, were charged on 9 August following the incident and are due to appear at Highbury Corner magistrates’ court on 6 September.”

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