Unai Emery Reveals Why He Left Mesut Ozil Out Of Emirates Cup Clash Following Attempted Carjacking

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal with a tattoo saying only God can judge me during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Watford FC at Emirates Stadium on September 29, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery decided to leave Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac out of the squad in the Emirates Cup clash against Lyon because they were “not ready” to play.

The pair were victims of an attempted carjacking by an armed gang in north-west London on Thursday.

Ozil and Kolasinac were unharmed in the attack but the gang did threaten them with knives.

Both Kolasinac and Ozil posted messages on their social media channels to tell their followers that they were fine but Emery felt they needed a break.

“This morning they came here but weren’t ready to play the match,” Emery was quoted as saying by BBC following his side’s 2-1 defeat.

“Every player is very important in the team, but also each moment and some circumstances give us a decision between the player and us.

“It’s not a good moment to play because their mind is not now 100%. It’s a very personal circumstance and the most important thing now is that they can feel good, they can feel safe, they can feel calm with their family.

“I spoke to them and decided it was best to continue their resting with their families and wait for a few days to hopefully come and start normally with the team.

“We are going to see each day. Tomorrow we are going to check again how they are.”

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Both players are expected to return to pre-season training but it remains to be seen whether Emery will use them in the friendly against Angers in France on Wednesday.

They should however, be back in action by the Gunners final friendly against Barcelona at the Joan Gamper Trophy on Sunday 4 August.

Arsenal face Newcastle United away in their first Premier League game of the season the following week on 11 August.