A man has admitted attempting to rob Arsenal players Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac in an incident originally thought to be an attempted carjacking. Ozil and Kolasinac were targeted on Platts Lane, Hampstead, north-west London on July 25.A gang of men, two of whom have now been named publicly, pulled up beside Ozil’s Mercedes G Class 4×4, boxing in the German and team-mate Kolasinac before brandishing weapons at the Gunners pair.Ozil reportedly fled the scene to take shelter in a nearby Turkish restaurant, while Kolasinac stood his ground and attempted to fight off the assailants. Aided by restaurant staff, the duo were ultimately unharmed as the criminals sped off empty-handed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Both players missed Arsenal’s opening games of the Premier League season due to further security concerns regarding their personal safety, but they may now be able to rest easily knowing that one of the attackers has owned up, while another will face charges later this week.Ashley Smith appeared via video link at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to attempted robbery. Smith, 30, has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced by Judge Sheelagh Canavan at the same court on November 1.Co-defendant Jordan Northover, 26, of West Yorkshire, is due to appear before magistrates on Friday, having also been charged with attempted robbery and threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a public area.Kolasinac has started the Gunners’ past four top-flight matches, although Ozil has only made two senior appearances in all competitions so far this term , with boss Unai Emery giving very little away regarding the German’s role in his long-term plans.”He’s our player now,” Emery said of Ozil on Wednesday. “We are going to train and after we are going to decide. I am going to decide the best first XI and also the best squad who can help us.”The manager had originally cited rotation as the reason he left Ozil out of the travelling party for September’s Europa League exertions, stating: “We are playing now a lot of matches and I want to use different players and also can have some rotation in the first 11 and in the 19 players in the squad.“I prefer after Sunday’s match [for him] to rest and train and to be ready for Sunday [against Aston Villa].”Ozil, however, did not get off the bench against Villa. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
ETV News stock photo by Jeff BarrettBy Cory McKendrick, USU Eastern Sports Information ContributorIn triple digit heat, the USU Eastern women’s soccer team kept up their hot start to the 2019 season. Improving to 4-0 on the season, the Eagles ran through Arizona Western College (ranked #12 in the NJCAA pre-season poll) by a final count of 5-0. They squared off against Allan Hancock College (CA) and bested them 2-0. The matches were played on Aug. 29 and 31, respectively.Goal keeper Meg Edwards picked up her fourth straight shutout in the net for the Eagles. The first-year keeper, partnered with the back line of defense, hasn’t let in a goal this season, with very limited shots on goal for opposing teams.The team’s style of substitution in the preseason has been fairly frequent, especially with battling the extreme temperature conditions in Henderson. A total team effort would be the echoed words throughout the coaching staff in response to the start of the 2019 season. Everyone has found ways that they can contribute.In the match versus #12 preseason ranked Arizona Western, the Lady Eagles started scoring early in the first half. Kinlee McMillan booted an almost three-quarter of the field length free kick into the back of the net to put the Eagles on the board. Evalyn Ledezma and Tasha Kamachi teamed up for the the Eagles next two goals with he first being scored by Ledezma, assisted by Kamachis and the next being scored by Kamachi, assisted by Ledezma. Entering halftime, the score read Eagles: 3, Matadors: 0Coming out of the half, the team kept up the offense, adding two more goals to finish the game. Morgan Cragun netted the first, assisted by Brooke Stoker. Stoker added the final tally as she found the upper 90 of the goal from just outside the 18 in Matador territory.The Eagles lined up against the Allan Hancock Bulldogs, looking to finish their weekend, and found themselves in a tight contest. The score was knotted at 0 for the entirety of the first half. Morgan Haag broke the tie with a goal that was finished up around the net from a bobble by the Bulldog keeper. Kinlee McMillan added a nice insurance goal for the Eagles in the 66th minute from the top of the midline circle, played over the defenders and just over the outstretched hands of the keeper.Women’s soccer, coached by Ammon Bennett, will return to action in Henderson, Nev. on Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. (Pacific time) at Heritage Park Soccer Complex. The Eagles will begin conference play the following week on Sept. 12 as they travel to take on the Bruins of Salt Lake Community College. That match is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start time at Zion’s Bank Stadium in Herriman, UT.