It’s been a scary few weeks for Mesut Özil and Sead Kolasinac. There was the attempted carjacking, followed by the unspecified “further threats” that kept them out of, and even kept them from traveling to, Arsenal’s season opener at Newcastle last weekend. From a sporting perspective, that sucks, but from a human being perspective, it was probably exponentially worse.
The constant looking over your shoulder to see if anyone around is going to be a threat, the worrying about your family when you’re not with them, the general unease that comes from being targeted like this - that can’t be easy even for someone who isn’t in the public eye all the time. The fact that every security story about them showed at least part of Özil’s house can’t have helped calm him and his family down either.
But, last week, there was also news of arrests in the case - two men were arrested following an “altercation with security” outside Özil’s residence. While there’s still a lot of uncertainty around what’s going on, and while I don’t think anyone’s comfortable that it’s over, that at least probably brought a bit of peace to the Özil/Kolasinac households, even while they were increasing their personal security details.
Things took a turn for the better today on the job front, as well, as both men returned to training on Tuesday in preparation for Burnley at the weekend. Apparently Özil is “a little sick”, but both are in the mix for selection on Saturday, which is definitely a good thing.
Even if they don’t play this weekend, it’s great to see them back living some semblance of a normal life, and I hope this means the worst is behind them.