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Mesut Ozil, Sead Kolasinac out vs. Newcastle Due to 'Security Incidents'

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistAugust 9, 2019

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)
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Arsenal have announced Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will miss their Premier League opener against Newcastle United on Sunday due to security concerns.

According to Alex Richards of the Mirror, a statement from Arsenal explained the club are in discussions with the police following an attempted car-jacking in July. The Gunners said further investigations are ongoing.

"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.

"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 son as possible.

"We will not be making any further comment on the matter."

Ozil's car was attacked by a gang wielding a knife in north London, leading Kolasinac to confront the attackers before escaping the attempted robbery.

Goal shared footage on Twitter of the original incident:

Goal @goal

An incident took place in London today where Arsenal's Mesut Ozil was the victim of an attempted car-jacking. Footage appears to show Sead Kolasinac fighting off attackers. Arsenal comment: ”We have been in contact with both players and they are fine.” https://t.co/38Y2l4FJro

Both players would have been expected to be part of Unai Emery's matchday squad against Newcastle, and the Gunners will hope the matter is resolved as soon as possible.