Two men were arrested outside Mesut Ozil’s house in connection to the knife attack the Arsenal midfielder was subjected to a fortnight ago.
Increased security threats mean Ozil and teammate Sead Kolasinac, who was also in the car when the attack occurred, have not been included in the squad to face Newcastle United.
According to The Telegraph, two men were arrested on Thursday night after getting into an altercation with security staff patrolling the German’s north London residence.
A statement from the Metropolitan Police said: “Two men have been charged under Section 4a of the Public Order Act following an incident in Camden on Thursday, 8 August.
“Ferhat Ercan, 27, of Highgate, and Salaman Ekinci, 27, of Tottenham, were charged on August 9 following the incident and are due to appear at Highbury Corner magistrates’ court on 6 September.”
Arsenal released a statement on Friday evening explaining their absence from the first weekend of Premier League action, stating: “Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will not be part of the squad for our opening match against Newcastle United following further security incidents which are being investigated by the police.
“The welfare of our players and their families is always a top priority and we have taken this decision following discussion with the players and their representatives. We are liaising with the police and are providing the players and their families with ongoing support.
“We look forward to welcoming the players back to the squad as soon as possible.”
The Metropolitan Police released a statement at the same time confirming they were in contact with Arsenal but providing no further details.