Suspect Reveals Real Reason For Knife Attack On Arsenal Stars Ozil, Kolasinac
Armed Robbers Attack Ozil, Kolasinac In London/Reuters

One of the two attackers has admitted trying to rob Arsenal stars Mesut Özil and Sead Kolasinac in July, Concise News reports.

Concise News reports that Jordan Northover, 26, pleaded guilty at Harrow Crown Court to attempting to steal watches from the duo in Hampstead, north-west London.

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His co-accused Ashley Smith, 30, of Archway in North London, admitted his role in the crime in October.

CCTV footage showed Germany-born Kolasinac chasing off the two attackers who concealed their identity on 25 July.

In the video that circulated on social media, 26-year-old the Bosnian stopper is seen fighting off two men who are wielding knives.

He can be seen confronting the men who had pulled alongside the car on motorcycles.

World Cup winner Özil can also be seen in his black Mercedes G class jeep before he reportedly took refuge in a Turkish restaurant.

New CCTV footage released by police shows full-back Kolasinac being prodded with a pointed weapon by one of the men.

The Met Police said a key breakthrough came when a motorcycle without number plates was spotted by a member of the public in a dead end in Borehamwood, south Hertfordshire.

Inquiries revealed it was the same bike used in the raid, the force said.

CCTV from a local pub showed Northover and Smith visiting a short time after the offence, with their clothes and a motorcycle helmet found on grassland near the bar.

Ch Insp Jim Corbett said the men “attempted this brazen robbery after travelling around streets nearby, looking for people to rob”.

“Northover didn’t hesitate to draw a weapon when making demands, but he didn’t bargain on being challenged and the pair went away empty-handed,” he said.

Kolasinac and former Madrid man Özil were left out of the Arsenal side ahead of the opening weekend of the Premier League campaign after the incident.

Özil told the Athletic sports site he was scared for his wife Amine as the attackers pursued his car.

“Sead’s reaction was really, really brave because he attacked one of the attackers,” he said.

“I tried to move the car, block them, escape, but each time they would be there. My wife was extremely scared.”

Smith will be sentenced at Harrow Crown Court on Friday, and Northover will be sentenced at a later date.

Europa League: Arsenal held as Guimaraes grab last -gasp equaliser

Meanwhile, Arsenal conceded a stoppage-time equaliser as they were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw at Portugal’s Vitoria Guimaraes in Europa League Group F on Wednesday.

The Premier League club looked to be on course for victory when defender Shkodran Mustafi headed home Nicolas Pepe’s 80th-minute free kick.

However, Bruno Duarte struck from close range to end Arsenal’s 100 per cent record in the group.

Arsenal’s fourth consecutive draw in all competitions will increase the pressure on Manager, Unai Emery, following a difficult week in which Granit Xhaka was also stripped of the captaincy.

The English team still top the group standings on 10 points and will qualify for the last 32 of Europe’s second-tier club competition if Standard Liege lose to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.