Unknown to the players, an East European gang put out word that such attacks on them would not be tolerated.
Manager heads to season opener at Newcastle lamenting a line-up hit by absence of Mesut Özil and Sead KolasinacIn a world where football did not cause perspectives to warp beyond all reason, and where sport was not fair game for those seeking to achieve malicious ends, Arsenal would be bouncing to St James' Park for Sunday afternoon's match.
"It was thought that originally the robbers wanted their watches but now they have been told that they want everything the pair have", an unnamed source told The Sun.
"The club is managing that circumstance (Ozil and Kolasinac's safety)", he told Arsenal's official website. As the players tried to drive away, they were chased through the streets of London in a high-speed pursuit until the Arsenal stars and their wives reached a nearby Turkish restaurant, where the staff helped them to scare the gang away.
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 villains have warned the pair: "We'll rob you of everything".
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Kolasinac, a no-nonsense 6ft Bosnian global, was born in Germany to refugee parents who fled the hardships of the war in their Balkan homeland.
It is now known an incident occurred on Thursday, with the Metropolitan Police confirming that two men were arrested.
Police are now investigating the incident after two arrested men were picked up outside of Ozil's house in London when they came to confront him.
"Ferhat Ercan, 27, of Highgate, and Salaman Ekinci, 27, of Tottenham, were charged on August 9 following the incident and are due to appear at Highbury Corner magistrates' court on 6 September", the statement added.
Incidents are also said to have taken place outside Kolasinac's £8million home.
It was an unwelcome and entirely unexpected issue for Emery to deal with as Arsenal started the campaign, but it was clearly inappropriate for the players to be separated from their families and stay in Newcastle while feeling under threat.