Sead Kolasinac shrugs off attempted carjacking and reveals his feelings about living in London.
The Arsenal defender insists that he is happy in London as he reflects on the attempted robbery of himself and his teammate, Mesut Ozil.
Kolasinac is ready to stay with Arsenal, and in London, for as long as possible after suffering an attempted robbery attack some months back.
Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil had just returned from the club’s pre-season tour of the USA and they were preparing for the new season.
Two carjackers approached the duo only for Kolasinac to fight back instead of giving in or running away. In the end, he was able to scare their attackers away with his bravery.
Two men have been apprehended for their roles in the attack, and Ashley Smith who was one of them has been jailed for the next ten years, while the other suspect will be sentenced at a later date.
Reflecting back on the episode, Kolasinac insisted that he was keen to put it behind him and focus on his career as an Arsenal player, he also added that he wasn’t afraid of living in London because of the event.
“Mesut had visited me. I came out and stood next to his car. Suddenly a scooter driver stops next to us,” Kolasinac told Goal and DAZN.
“You do not think about it, although I’ve heard many stories about it. Why should it happen to you?
“Suddenly the robber stands beside you and pulls an object out of his pocket. ‘Okay’, I thought, ‘now it’s my turn’. But I stayed calm and tried to fight back.
“It was definitely a dangerous situation. We are glad that nothing happened to us. That’s the most important thing. And that’s why it should be forgotten and it’s over.”
Kolasinac and Ozil were provided with security following the incident, however, that has not put the Bosnian international off London. In fact, he remains very happy in the capital.
“Yes, that was funny,” he said about the security measures. “You go shopping and somebody always watches. But that was discussed with the club as a mere precaution.
“My wife was by my side and, as was written in Germany, my family and I were not scared. We do not hide. We live our lives.
“It was important to me that my family was there. My wife, my dad, my dogs. But I did not have to talk to anyone about it to make me feel better.
“I’m not worried anymore. At no time did I have the idea of leaving London. My family and I are happy and we are happy that everything is back to normal.”
Say what you like about Kolasinac as a footballer but if there was one guy I would want with me when in danger it would be him. He has huge cojones.