Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil were both involved in a carjacking attempt by an armed gang in a London street, with the defender fighting off the gang.
Arsenal players Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac were targeted, the club confirmed, but both escaped uninjured. Arsenal said in a statement: “We have been in contact with both players and they are fine.”
The 30-year-old midfield ace was set upon by the gang after they boxed in black Mercedes G Class 4×4.
But as the thugs set upon the car, Ozil’s Arsenal teammate Sead Kolašinac – nicknamed ‘The Tank’ by fans – leapt out the car and bravely took on the gang as Ozil ran into a nearby restaurant.
In a video that has circulated on social media, full-back Kolasinac is seen fighting off two men who are wielding knives.
The player can be seen jumping out of a vehicle to confront the masked men who had pulled alongside the car on mopeds.
In the footage, both car jackers were seen to be armed and were filmed brandishing knives at 26-year-old Kolasinac.
A witness to the shocking attack told MailOnline: ‘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.
‘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.
‘As soon as the restaurant staff started to come to the window and to the doorway, they turned around and roared off.
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Police also confirmed an incident with assailants on motorbikes had occurred, though they have yet to make any arrests in the case.
The statement from the Metropolitan police said: “Police were called to Platts Lane, NW3, shortly before 5pm on Thursday, July 25 to reports of an attempted robbery.
“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.
“There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.”