Arsenal Player Forced To Invest In Super-Security To Protect His HomePeter Houghton
Many of us will have been following the story of two Arsenal footballers caught in a potentially violent attack recently on the streets of London. Mezut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac were attacked, forced out of their vehicle and ran to the sanctity of a restaurant with attackers, believed to be part of a “war” between rival gangs.
Indeed, Unai Emery saw fit to leave both players out of the team that defeated Newcastle United 1-0 yesterday.
We now hear that Ozil has employed a security team to protect his house close to Hampstead Heath, which includes guard dogs. Kolasinac’s wife is alleged to have returned to Paris to avoid the threat.
This adds a new dynamic to our world as Safety and Security Professionals especially as many of our Clubs view the players as “assets”. Not only do we have to ensure the safety of spectators attending out matches but now the welfare of the “assets” takes on greater significance. There were stories in the Sunday papers suggesting that the hoodlums did not just want their expensive watches and vehicles, they wanted everything they have. This clearly widens the threat level. Indeed two people were arrested in the vicinity of Mezut Ozil’s house.