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Arsenal drop Ozil, Kolasinac In league opener over security fears

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Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac are not in Arsenal’s squad for tomorrow’s Premier League game at Newcastle because of “further security incidents”.

The pair were involved in a carjacking attempt by an armed gang in north-west London a fortnight ago.

Arsenal say they are liaising with police and “providing the players and their families with ongoing support”.

“The welfare of our players and their families is always a top priority,” the club added.

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“We have taken this decision following discussion with the players and their representatives,

“We look forward to welcoming the players back to the squad as soon as possible.”

Ozil and Kolasinac were left out of a friendly against Lyon following the event, but both featured in the final pre-season game against Barcelona on Sunday.

The latest incidents are being investigated by police.
After the carjacking attempt, Kolasinac posted a picture of himself and Ozil on social media and added: “Think we’re fine.”

Meanwhile, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola expects winger Leroy Sane to miss “six or seven months” with a knee injury.

Sane, 23, tore his anterior cruciate ligament and went off after 13 minutes of Sunday’s Community Shield win over Liverpool at Wembley.

The German, who was linked with a move to Bayern Munich, is set to have surgery in Barcelona next week.


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