Arsenal Boss Unai Emery Uncertain Whether Mesut Ozil Will Play Against Burnley Due To Safety Concerns

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - JULY 17: Mesut Oezil of Arsenal London reacts during the 2019 International Champions Cup match between Arsenal London and FC Bayern Muenchen at Dignity Health Sports Park on July 17, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is unsure whether star playmaker Mesut Ozil will play against Burnley next week.

Ozil and teammate Sead Kolasinac missed the opening game of the season against Newcastle United due to concerns over the player’s safety.

The pair were targeted in an attempted armed robbery outside Kolasinac’s house a fortnight ago, with the Bosnia international fighting off the knife-wielding thieves while Ozil was chased in his car.

Both players were given time off before returning for the pre-season friendly against Barcelona.

However, Arsenal revealed on Friday that due to ‘further security incidents’ that took place outside Ozil’s house both players were left out of the side that traveled to Newcastle.

Police announced that two arrests were made following the incident.

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A statement from the Metropolitan Police said: “Two men have been charged under Section 4a of the Public Order Act following an incident in Camden on Thursday, 8 August.

“Ferhat Ercan, 27, of Highgate, and Salaman Ekinci, 27, of Tottenham, were charged on August 9 following the incident and are due to appear at Highbury Corner magistrates’ court on 6 September.”

Neither player traveled to Newcastle as a result and both could miss the next Premier League game at the Emirates Stadium against Burnley.

“The club is managing that circumstance [the safety of Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac],” Emery told Arsenal’s official website.

“We want to be with them as soon as possible and with normality in training and normality to be ready to play. I don’t know now [if they will play next week].”