Arsenal will assess the mental state of Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac over the coming days after both were left out of Sunday’s clash with Lyon following an attempted carjacking at knifepoint.
Ozil and Kolasinac escaped uninjured after the horrifying attack in north-west London on Thursday evening. But Manager Unai Emery said after the 2-1 defeat that neither was ‘ready’ to play just three days on.
The pair met with team-mates at the Emirates but it was decided they needed more time to recover.
Arsenal plan to assess the mental state of Mesut Ozil (middle row, second from left) and Sead Kolasinac (third from left) over the coming days following an attempted carjacking incident
‘We are going to see each day and tomorrow we are going to check again how they are. But this morning they came here, and they weren’t ready to play,’ Emery said.
‘It’s not a good moment to play because their focus is not 100 per cent here… the most important thing now is that they can feel good and safe and with their family being calm.’
He added; ‘We decided it’s best to continue resting with family and waiting. Hopefully in a couple of days (they can) start normally with the team.’
Emery admitted afterwards that the attempted carjacking involving Ozil and Kolasinac may have affected his squad as they fell to a 2-1 defeat.
‘Ozil and Kolasinac (were) out and not all the concentration and focus was 100 percent to keep consistently for 90 minutes to win the game,’ he said.
Kolasinac (pictured) can be seen darting from the front end of the car to the rear as he faces off the assailants in north London while protecting the passenger side door of the black SUV
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