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Arsenal’s Özil and Kolasinac ‘100%’ ready to play, says Unai Emery

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Unai Emery is confident Mesut Özil and Sead Kolasinac will be mentally ready to return to the fold for Arsenal’s Premier League game against Burnley on Saturday after the pair missed the opening weekend win at Newcastle amid concerns for their safety.

Özil and Kolasinac had been involved in an attempted carjacking near the Germany international’s north London home by an armed gang last month, with the Bosnia and Herzegovina defender confronting their attackers.

Above all, I want them to be able to focus on each training session and each match.” While it seems unlikely that either player would start against Burnley at the Emirates Stadium, not least with Arsenal having won at Newcastle and with their summer signings eager for greater involvement, when asked whether they would be mentally ready to play, Emery said: “Yes, 100%.

While Özil missed training at London Colney on Wednesday through illness, both players took part in the first-team’s session on Thursday with Emery confirming they were in the right frame of mind with their mentality now focused on playing “for training and matches”.

“For us, for me, first they’re a person and second they’re a player.

Two men have since been charged with a public order offence after a separate incident outside Özil’s property in the build-up to last weekend’s opening round of fixtures, with Arsenal having opted to omit the players for the win at St James’ Park in the wake of the second security incident.

“That will help, with their minds only focused on that training or those matches.”
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