Mesut Özil and Sead Kolašinac are expected to be available for Arsenal’s friendly against Lyon on Sunday despite Thursday’s chilling carjacking attempt at knifepoint.
The pair were on a day off when they were targeted by two knife-wielding thugs in north London, 24 hours after returning from the club’s tour of the USA.
Club officials checked that the players were unharmed as soon as they heard about the incident and spoke to them again on Friday before an afternoon training session. Manager Unai Emery was due to make his checks on them at the club’s London Colney training HQ.
Both players insisted they were ready to report back to training on Friday afternoon as the club prepares for the game against the French side at the Emirates Stadium.
Emery will have the final say on whether they can take part but Özil and Kolašinac don’t want the episode to impact on their pre-season preparations.
Kolašinac took to social media on Friday to ease concerns over the attack with a tweet that read: “Think we’re fine,” accompanied by a photo of him and Özil in Arsenal training kit, smiling.
Arsenal officials say their security measures are under constant review. As of Friday night, no arrests had been made as police continue with their enquires.