A robbery attempt against Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac has focused on the safety of high-paid footballers.

The players were selected as targets last month when Ozil drove his black Mercedes in North London.

His car was penned by two attackers on a moped carrying helmets and knives.

The players were uninjured during the Golders Green attack in northern London on 25 July.

The attack, filmed on a mobile phone, shows Kolasinac resisting the Muggers.

But his bravery may have inadvertently put the two footballers at the center of a war on turf grassroots where criminals threatened to "rob anything" the two had.

Gear expert Wensley Clarkson told Sky News he believes Ozil and Kolasinac are now farmers in a battle between old-style gangsters and more vicious novices.

He said, "These two footballers are trapped between two criminal gangs.



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Mesut Ozil tells Sky News that he and his wife are

"I think one of them is an old Turkish school that has been in North London for many, many years, and the others are East Europeans who have come to Britain in the last 10 years, and they are basically .. In a sense, it's a grass war, and the footballers have become their territory.

"And this is a classic example of what has happened in the UK over the last 10 years.

Wensley Clarkson believes that the footballers were attacked by gangs
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Wensley Clarkson believes that the footballers were attacked by gangs

"But the difference is that the new gangsters are far scarier and more deadly than the old ones, and they do not care about collateral damage, and in a sense, these footballers are collateral damage."

However, Mr Clarkson said he did not believe that the Arsenal stars should have police protection.

"I do not necessarily accept the criticism of the police, which seems to say that they should offer these players full-time protection, number one, and some will not like it when I say that, they are so very rich indeed." and frankly, the cost of security for a month or two is really so low that it costs more.

"But more importantly, there is the feeling that they have been manipulated to some degree, and that's the result.

"Obviously, the original robbery had nothing to do with it … it was a random crime in which one of the footballers repulsed the gang and somehow humiliated it.

"That then brought the old school gang to add the & # 39; protection & # 39; and here we are with a really classic situation.

"In a way, it's not different from the krays that protected celebrities 50 years ago – even if they were not searched, and that's the key, these characters will not just disappear."

Although the situation of Ozil and Kolasinac is unusual, the threat to high-paid Premier League stars is very real.

Safety for footballers is an emerging industry as players now buy specially trained dogs that cost between £ 30,000 and £ 100,000 to ensure their safety.

Manchester United star Paul Pogba is just one who bought a family protection dog.

Richard Douglas, director of Chaperone K9, a company that trains and delivers such dogs, says the number of footballers they buy has increased.

He said: "This was not the case 20 or 30 years ago, it's now much easier to see players' lives through social media, players have much more than they do – bigger houses, sports cars, etc., and people can be pretty jealous of it. "

According to Chaperone K9, more players buy dogs to protect them
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According to Chaperone K9, more players buy dogs to protect themselves

Footballers have been attacked by criminals – Steven Gerrard's wife Alex and the couple's children were threatened in 2010 by a gang at their home in Formby, Merseyside.

Wayne Rooney's house in Prestbury, Cheshire, was broken when he starred in his own testimonial in August 2016.

But Mr. Clarkson said the situation had now become much uglier with the involvement of gangs. Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac may not have a quick fix.

"What really needs to happen to make them feel safe again is that these gangs go away and leave them alone – the irony is that then one of them has to win – right now I can not see any change in it.

"But these guys do not stick to the rules of engagement."