Arsenal will offer Mesut zil and Sead Kolasinac psychological support if required after the players were attacked by two men wielding knives
Arsenal will offer Mesut zil and Sead Kolasinac psychological support if required after the pair were attacked by two men wielding knives near the latters home in Childs Hill, north-west London.
Both players are due to train as normal with the first-team squad on Friday having apparently shown no ill effects from the incident, which occurred 24 hours earlier. Footage of the attack showed Kolasinac jumping out of zils 4×4 Mercedes G-Class to fight off the two men, standing his ground despite being threatened with a knife.
The players are understood to have then been pursued by their attackers, who were riding mopeds apparently without registration plates and whose faces were hidden by helmets, as they drove on to a Turkish restaurant in nearby Golders Green where staff came to their assistance.
Arsenal had been in close contact with the players on Thursday evening and confirmed that both, while shaken, had been unhurt. The pair reported to the clubs London Colney training centre on Friday for training and will be offered support of any kind they request. Kolasinac tweeted a picture of himself and zil on Friday lunchtime with the caption: Think were fine.
A witness to the attack, Azuka Alintah, told the Daily Mail that zil had spoken to police outside the restaurant. zil looked absolutely terrified, as anybody would after being chased by men with knives. He looked like he was running for his life. And I suppose he was. I saw him disappear into the restaurant with the motorcycle guys on his tail.