Police arrest two men over Ozil and Sead Kolasinac security threats

By Mirror: Sunday, August 11th 2019 at 11:32 GMT +3 | Athletics
Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil were left out of the squad for Sunday's game against Newcastle

Two men have been arrested outside Mesut Ozil's house in connection with the security threats causing two Arsenal stars to miss their Premier League opener at Newcastle.

Ozil and team-mate Sead Kolasinac were the victims of an attempted car-jacking last month and the Gunners announced on Friday that both would not travel to Newcastle due to "further security incidents" that were being investigated by police.

According to The Telegraph , two men were seized by police on Thursday night after becoming involved in an altercation with security staff who have been guarding Ozil's home in north London.

A statement from the Metropolitan Police said: "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, of Highgate, and Salaman Ekinci, 27, of Tottenham , were charged on August 9 following the incident and are due to appear at Highbury Corner magistrates’ court on 6 September."

Arsenal released a statement on Friday evening explaining their absence from the first weekend of Premier League action, stating: "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.

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"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."

The Metropolitan Police released a statement at the same time confirming they were in contact with Arsenal but providing no further details.

Both players are safe and unharmed following reports of separate incidents at different times on Wednesday and Thursday leading to their withdrawal from Unai Emery's squad ahead of the first Premier League game of the campaign.

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