By Daniel Sandford
13th August 2019,
Updated: 13th August 2019,
Arsenal will be without both Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac indefinitely as concerns over their safety continue following ongoing problems with London-based gangs.
The pair were not included in the squad to face Newcastle United on Sunday and Unai Emery remains uncertain over when they are likely to return.
Both players were attacked by knife-wielding carjackers in north London last month, with video footage remarkably showing Kolasinac jumping out of the car and bravely chasing off the thugs.
However, the threat remains and according to the Telegraph, two men were arrested last Thursday night after getting into an altercation with security staff patrolling the German’s north London residence.
The pair have been under 24-hour surveillance and are understandably troubled by the situation.
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Emery said: “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.”
In their absence, Arsenal overcame a stubborn Newcastle side 1-0, thanks to a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang effort on 58 minutes.
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