Two men were arrested outside Mesut Ozil’s house this week in the latest security scare for the Arsenal star.
The Gunners announced on Friday that both Ozil and Sead Kolasinac would not be part of Unai Emery’s squad for Sunday’s Premier League opener at Newcastle following “further security incidents” which were being investigated by police.
Arsenal’s statement came two weeks after Ozil and Kolasinac were the victims of an attempted armed robbery outside the latter’s house, which ended up with both being chased through the streets in Ozil’s car by a gang on mopeds.
Neither player was harmed in the incident after they took shelter in a restaurant and, after being given some time off by Arsenal, they both travelled to Spain and featured in last Sunday’s friendly against Barcelona.
They then started the week training as usual at London Colney and were expected to be included in the travelling squad for Sunday’s Newcastle game, until Arsenal revealed neither would not take part.
A statement released on Friday evening said: “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.”
Spain: Messi Set to Miss Barcelona’s La Liga Opener
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde believes it is “difficult” to see Lionel Messi returning from injury for his side’s La Liga opener against Athletic Bilbao on Friday.
Messi, 32, missed Barcelona’s trip to the United States, where they claimed two wins over Napoli, due to a calf strain.
The forward appears set to miss his team’s league opener at Bilbao, with Valverde saying it was hard to see the star returning for the clash.
“He’s in the recovery process and I don’t know if he will be ready for the start of La Liga,” he told a news conference after a 4-0 win over Napoli in Michigan on Saturday.
“It’s looking difficult.”
Should Messi miss the clash against Athletic, he will look towards an August 25 match against Real Betis to potentially make his season debut.