Kolasinac fights off armed men trying to rob Mesut Ozil’s car

Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil

Arsenal fullback, Sead Kolasinac, on Thursday fought off two knife-wielding men after he and teammate, Mesut Ozil, were attacked in north London in an apparent robbery attempt.

Footage on social media shows Kolasinac – nicknamed The Tank – chasing the robbers in Platts Lane, near Golders Green, London at about 17:00 BST.

The armed attackers were seen brandishing knives at the 26-year-old Bosnian who had jumped out of the car driven by his German teammate.

A witness, Azuka Alintah, told the Daily Mail that Özil had subsequently spoken to police outside a nearby Turkish restaurant, from which staff had come to the players’ aid.

“Özil looked absolutely terrified, as anybody would after being chased by men with knives. He looked like he was running for his life,” the witness said.

Arsenal said in a statement: “We have been in contact with both players and they are fine.”

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “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.”

The spokesman said there have been no arrests and officers are still investigating the incident.

Kolasinac and Ozil had just returned to England following Arsenal’s pre-season tour of America.

They each started in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in Washington DC.