Ozil and Kolasinac Return to Training After Security Incidents

Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac have returned to Arsenal training after being stood down from duty due to security threats.

The pair have resumed training with the club to begin preparation for their return to Premier League action.

Arsenal are hoping that both men will be free to play again soon, although it is looking unlikely that they will make the home game against Burnley on Saturday lunchtime.

Ozil and Kolasinac were left out of the trip to Newcastle last weekend amid “further security incidents”.

The pair were the victims of a terrifying carjacking ordeal at the end of last month as knife-wielding thugs targeted the vehicle that they were travelling in, alongside Ozil’s wife.

An escalation of gang-related threats have since left Arsenal fearing that Ozil and Kolasinac would have to be out of action for a prolonged amount of time.

But the pair’s return to training at the club’s London Colney training base on Wednesday proved to be a positive sign for Gunners chiefs.

Ozil arrived at training in one of his own vehicles, but travelled in the back seat with an unknown man driving.

Kolasinac was a passenger of team-mate Shkodran Mustafi for his arrival.

Ozil is believed to have been one of the first players to leave the training ground, with Kolasinac leaving shortly afterwards, but not with Mustafi and instead in a blacked-out vehicle.

Both men have an increased security presence at their properties.

Ozil and Kolasinac should be fit for upcoming games against Liverpool and Spurs

Ozil was seen with guards at his £9million Hampstead Heath property on Wednesday after returning from training.

Police confirmed over the weekend that two men have been charged over a security incident in connection with two Arsenal players, Ozil and team-mate Sead Kolasinac.

It is now known an incident occurred on Thursday, with the Metropolitan Police confirming the arrests.

According to reports, the men were arrested after becoming involved in an altercation with security staff outside Ozil’s house.

A police statement read: “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, and Salaman Ekinci, 27, were charged on 9 August following the incident and are due to appear at Highbury Corner magistrates’ court on 6 September.”

Neither midfielder Ozil, 30, nor defender Kolasinac, 26, were harmed.

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