Arsenal duo back in training amid gang threats


BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - MAY 29: Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil of Arsenal look dejected following their sides defeat in the UEFA Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu on May 29, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - MAY 29: Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil of Arsenal look dejected following their sides defeat in the UEFA Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu on May 29, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Good news for Arsenal fans as Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac joined first team for the first time. The duo were ruled out from the St James Park trip last weekend after gang threats. 

The return of Ozil and Kolasinac give Arsenal boss a huge boost ahead of their first home match of the season against Burnely this weekend. Arsenal started their Premier League campaign against Newcastle last week. The only goal of that game was scored by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Emery confirmed that both players are completely fit and ready to play at the weekend at The Emirates. .

Kolasinac and Ozil were not the part of Arsenal's opening PL match against Newcastle due to security concerns. Both the players were attacked by gang knife in North London last month.

The footage of that incident showed Kolasinac jumping out of his car and chasing the thugs who attacked them.

The actual incident

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Shkodran Mustafi (C), Mesut Ozil (R) and Sead Kolasinac (L) of Arsenal during an Arsenal Training Session ahead of there Europa League 2nd Leg match against AC Milan at London Colney on March 14, 2018 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
A couple of knife-wielding carjackers attacked Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac as the world cup winner was driving his car in North London. Ozil ran off in the heat of the moment and Kolasinac ran behind the attackers. 

During this incident, the chef of the nearby Turkish restaurant came out as Ozil made sure the help for his team-mate who ran behind the attackers.

It was a really strange incident, his car was standing in the middle of the road with the doors wide open, told by an eye-witness. The witness further said that the German international was looked out of his senses as everyone would be after being chased by men with weapon.

The incident was also confirmed by Arsenal. One of the spokesperson for the club said that duo were involved in an unwanted incident. The spokesperson further added that the club is in contact with the players and they are fine. Police was also called after the incident but later it was confirmed that no arrests have been made.

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The effect of the incident

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Arsenal manager Unai Emery looks on during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and Olympique Lyonnais at the Emirates Stadium on July 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Arsenal manager Unai Emery looks on during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and Olympique Lyonnais at the Emirates Stadium on July 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

After the incident, the players were kept under high security and surveillance. However, Emery confirmed that the players are 100% ready to play and carry no mental pressure.  

Arsenal boss was very happy with their return as he said that he will try his best to deal with them with normality. He said that he is happy for them as a person and as a player. Emery further added that everyone here is trying to make them normal and they have joined the first team training. Both the players are in contention for the weekend clash with Burnely.

The Spanish manager added that Ozil had a day off as he looked sick but he has joined the training too. With each passing day, their situation is becoming more and more clear and also their chances of playing at the weekend, said Emery. Arsenal boss said that final decision about their selection will be made tomorrow.

The Emirates stadium will host the first match of the season as Arsenal is looking to continue the winning streak against Sean Dyche's Burnely. Nicolas Pepe is also expected to make his first full appearance for the Gunners as the French international came from the bench against Newcastle.

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