Arsenal have announced Mesut Ozil and Saed Kolasinac will not be part of the squad against Newcastle, following “further security incidents”, which the club says are being investigated by police.

The two players were victims of an attempted car-jacking in late July, after returning to London following the club’s tour of the United States.

“Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will not be part of the squad for our opening match against Newcastle United following further security incidents which are being investigated by the police.

“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 soon as possible,” an official club statement read on Friday.



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