Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac left out of Arsenal squad to face Newcastle United over security fears

first_imgMesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac have been left out of Arsenal’s squad to face Newcastle (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac have been left out of Arsenal’s squad for this weekend’s Premier League fixture against Newcastle United.The Gunners, who finished fifth in the Premier League last term, kick-start their 2019-20 campaign with a trip to St James’ Park on Sunday.Unai Emery will be without midfielder Ozil and defender Kolasinac, however, after the pair were involved in a carjacking attempt by an armed gang in north-west London on July 28.A statement from Arsenal said: ‘Mesut and Sead will not be part of the squad for our opening match against Newcastle following further security incidents which are being investigated by the police.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘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.’Arsenal looked on course to finish in the top four last season before dropping to fifth, one point below north London rivals Tottenham. Advertisement Comment Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac left out of Arsenal squad to face Newcastle United over security fears Metro Sport ReporterFriday 9 Aug 2019 5:39 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares Ozil and Kolasinac were the victims of an attempted carjacking (Picture: Twitter)Speaking ahead of the new season, Gunners boss emery said: ‘Our ambition is to do the best possible in the all the competitions, the most important of these is the Premier League.‘Our first target is to be in the top four, we reduced the distance last season. Manchester City and Liverpool are stronger than the others at the beginning.‘We want to compete with them and reduced the points gap. Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea have the same objectives.‘Last year the difference was really small and the challenge now is for us to achieve a top-four finish.‘Other teams are coming back, signing new players and working very well. The Premier League is the best competition in the world. We are going to work to compete and get into the top four.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisementlast_img read more