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Pair ‘threatened to kill Arsenal ace Mesut Ozil outside home’

Increased security: Mesut Ozil, whose car had been attacked PICTURE: REX

TWO men threatened to kill Arsenal footballer Mesut Ozil and his security guard outside the German star’s home, a court heard.

Salaman Ekinci and Ferhat Ercun, both 27, are said to have started the alleged confrontation soon after the £300,000-a-week midfielder, 31, stepped up security outside his £9million north London home following an attack on his car in the weeks before.

Highbury magistrates were told the pair swore in Turkish at security guard Kemil Sezer and a colleague outside the house at 10.35pm on August 8 last year. Speaking through an interpreter, Mr Sezer told the court: ‘They said, “We’re going to f*** your mothers. We are going to f*** Mesut’s mother.

Deny making threats: Ferhat Ercun and Salaman Ekinci PICTURES: I-IMAGES

“We’re going to come back five minutes later. If the security don’t go from here, we’re going to kill Mesut and we’re going to kill you”.’

Mr Sezer said he chased the pair who returned at midnight shouting in English. ‘They were drunk, so I really don’t know what they were saying’, he added.

Mr Sezer said he confronted them with his dog and Ozil, who has Turkish heritage, ‘came out and saw what was going on’.

Prosecutor Sarah Gabay said the defendants were held until police arrived and claimed they were attacked by the security guards. Ekinci, of Tottenham, and Ercun, of Highgate, deny using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour. The trial continues.