ARSENAL footballers Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac have had security guards posted outside their homes after reportedly getting caught in the middle of a gang war.
A north London gang is said to have vowed to take ‘everything they have’ from the Premier League stars after a rival Eastern European mob warned the pair were ‘off limits’.
The gangland feud began when Ozil, 30, and Kolasinac, 26, were targeted by carjackers in north London on July 25.
They were ambushed as Ozil left his £3million home in a black Mercedes G-Class and the attackers pelted the car with roof tiles to try to break the rear window.
Footage showed Kolasinac — a Bosnian international player nicknamed the Tank — facing down the thugs on mopeds as they approached the car.
Neither player was harmed and, following the ordeal, Kolasinac tweeted an image of the smiling pair, who are said to be best friends, captioned: ‘Think we’re all fine.’
According to reports, angry Eastern European gangsters, offended by the incident, ordered the footballers were not to be touched, but rival underworld figures then ramped up their threats.
‘To show they were serious, the thugs issued more threats to the Arsenal players and refused to be cowed,’ a source told The Sun.
‘It was thought that originally the robbers wanted their watches but now they have been told that they want everything the pair have.’
There are also fears the pair have been targeted online.
Pictures showed a minder outside the gated house German midfielder Ozil shares with his wife, former Miss Turkey Amine Gulse, 26, while Kolasinac’s wife Bella has reportedly left for Germany. The pair were also left out of yesterday’s squad for Arsenal’s first match of the season at Newcastle yesterday following ‘security incidents’.
On Thursday two men were arrested after reportedly being involved in an altercation outside Ozil’s house.
Ferhat Ercan, 27, and Salaman Ekinci, 27, were charged under the Public Order Act and are due to appear before Highbury Corner magistrates on September 6.