Unai Emery is hopeful he will be able to select Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac for Arsenal’s next game.
The Arsenal boss was forced to drop the duo from his matchday squad that beat Newcastle on Sunday due to concerns about their safety.
Ozil and Kolasinac were victims of an attempted carjacking during the summer, with the Arsenal full-back fighting off an armed attacker.
Another incident is believed to have occurred outside Ozil’s home, forcing Arsenal to leave him and Kolasinac out of their season opener.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) August 11, 2019
After a 1-0 win over Newcastle, Emery was asked if the pair would be available for Arsenal’s next game, which will be against Burnely next Saturday.
‘The club is managing that situation. We want to be available with them,’ he said.
— Sead Kolašinac (@seadk6) August 11, 2019
‘Will they be ready next week? I don’t know.’
After watching the game from afar, both Ozil and Kolasinac celebrated the victory on social media.
‘Yes lads, first important three points secured,’ Ozil tweeted.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s classy finish was the difference between Arsenal and Newcastle in what was a tight game.
Neither side created much clear-cut chances, with Jonjo Shelvey hitting the post in the first-half.
Ozil and Kolasinac took full part in Arsenal’s pre-season and are key players in Emery’s side, but fans will be encouraged to see new signings Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe get minutes against Newcastle.