Arsenal star Mesut Ozil was the victim of terrifying attempted car-jacking on a London street this afternoon by a knife-wielding scooter gang.
The £300,000-a-week midfield ace was boxed in by the gang as he drove his black Mercedes G Class 4×4 in north London.
But as the thugs surrounded the vehicle, Ozil’s Arsenal teammate and childhood friend, Sead ‘The Tank’ Kolasinac, leapt out and bravely took them on. Meanwhile, Ozil was able to flee to a nearby restaurant where witnesses said the 30-year-old Gunners star looked ‘terrified’.
Phone footage captured Bosnian Kolasinac squaring up to the one of the robbers whose face was obscured by a crash helmet.
Waiters and chefs from Turkish restaurant Likya rushed to the aid of the football stars forcing the scooter gang to flee empty handed. Neither of the Premier League stars from the north London club were harmed during the incident and did not require hospital treatment.
Financial worker Azuka Alintah, 36, told the MailOnline: ‘Ozil looked absolutely terrified, as anybody would after being chased by men with knives.
‘He looked like he was running for his life. And I suppose he was. ‘I saw him disappear into the restaurant with the motorcycle guys on his tail.
‘They didn’t take off their helmets and were all in black, wearing long sleeved tops in this hot weather.
They stood out. ‘God knows what would have happened if they’d caught him. It looked to me like he’d have been hacked to shreds and he clearly thought so too.
‘As soon as the restaurant staff started to come to the window and to the doorway, they turned around and roared off.
He said Ozil’s £100,000 car with distinctive gold trim was left in the middle of the road with the driver’s door open. After police arrived they blocked off the road as other units looked for the scooter gang.
The brazen attack took place near to the busy Golders Green Road in north London. Ozil and Kolasinac had only returned to London the day before after a successful pre-season tour in America.
The pair gave statements to police before being allowed to leave. An Arsenal spokesman confirmed the players were involved in attempted carjacking, saying: ‘We have been in contact with both players and they are fine.’
The pair were in action just yesterday morning for the Premier League side as they played Real Madrid in 2-2 draw in Washington DC before a late night transatlantic flight. Renowned Arsenal fan Piers Morgan tweeted: ‘Incredible guts from Sead Kolasinac – looks like he took on the whole moped/knife gang.’ Ozil is latest high profile figure to be targeted by knife wielding gangs in London.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘Police were called to Platts Lane, NW3, shortly before 5pm on Thursday, 25 July to reports of an attempted robbery.
‘It was reported that suspects on motorbikes had attempted to rob a man who was driving a car.
‘The driver, along with his passenger, managed to get away unharmed and travelled to a restaurant in Golders Green, where they were spoken to by officers. There have been no arrests. Enquiries reports.’