Mesut Ozil pictured for first time since Arsenal knife attack horror with Sead Kolasinac

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MESUT Ozil has been pictured for the first time since the knife attack horror with his Arsenal teammate Sead Kolasinac.

Ozil and Kolasinac were confronted by masked attackers on Platts Lane, Hampstead, shortly before 5pm on Thursday.

Video shows Kolasinac bravely jumping out of a vehicle to confront the masked aggressors, who had pulled alongside the car on mopeds.

In the footage, both men were seen to be armed and were filmed brandishing knives at 26-year-old Kolasinac.

Met Police are now hunting the gang as other locals emerged telling horror stories of being attacked by moped muggers. 

Arsenal midfielder Ozil was seen wearing jeans, a grey hoodie and a strap bag as he climbed into his car. 

He told reporters he, his wife and Kolasinac are “all good” after their harrowing ordeal. 

“I think it’s about time the police pulled their finger out”

Neighbour

The owner of a London property outside which Arsenal footballers Ozil and Kolasinac were attacked has said he has been targeted five times in the same area.

He said he had a knife held to his neck in one incident, and called for police to “pull their finger out” after a spate of crimes in that part of north-west London.

I had a knife held to my neck at midday at the traffic lights, I was physically thrown in a bus lane at 6.30am when I was coming out of my office – the list goes on and on,” he said. 

“I’ve been done five times myself. The last time (it happened) I was at the property.”

The man, who no longer resides at the house, said he was “targeted” and did not think the incident with the footballers was linked as his attackers were arrested and “went down for 16 years”.

However, he said the attacks were “all in the Hampstead area” and added that he drives “very high profile” cars with “very, very personalised number plates”.

“I think it’s about time the police pulled their finger out and started to protect people who are entitled to protection,” he said.

“The situation has gone too far and I don’t believe the police can ever get on top of this situation, it’s out of control.”

Ozil and Kolasinac became locked in a high-speed chase which continued on Golders Green Road where the players fled into a Turkish restaurant.

Cops descended on the scene quickly after they were called by the owner of Likya restaurant, where Ozil goes regularly.

One witness said: “I only saw the aftermath. They parked up outside the Likya because they know them in there.

“They went inside and I saw them speaking to the police afterwards.

“It wasn’t obvious but Ozil would have been shocked with guys coming at you with zombie knives.”

Following news coverage of the attack, Kolasinac tweeted a picture of the pair smiling, adding: “Think we’re fine.”

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

Kolasinac and Ozil are not the first London-based footballers to be targeted on the road.

In 2016, then West Ham striker Andy Carroll was threatened at gunpoint on his way home from training.

Police, who had received reports of an attempted robbery, went to Platts Lane, in north-west London, on Thursday shortly before 5pm, according to Scotland Yard.

A spokesman 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.

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