Ozil, Kolasinac OK after attempted carjacking

Arsenal v Burnley

Emery speaks out on Ozil and Kolasinac’s chances of playing against Burnley

Ozil and his wife Amine Gulse were unharmed after the attempted carjacking.

The pair missed Arsenal's 1-0 win over Newcastle due to security fears.

Steven Defour and Robbie Brady have returned to light training following respective calf and rib injuries.

Unai Emery believes the pair are 100% mentally ready to return to action.

Since their last promotion to the Premier League in 2016, Burnley have failed to take a single point from the Gunners, losing all six league fixtures against Arsenal before Saturday.

Both players were targeted by car-jackers in north London last month, with security camera footage showing Kolasinac confronting the offenders after they approached Ozil's vehicle.

That said, Arenal won, they sit at the top of the Premier League and a win is a win, even if it was a bit laborious and in Ceballos and Pepe they have at least two new signings that are top quality.

"They came back to training with us on Tuesday".

"Mesut didn't train yesterday with illness but he trained today". Am I pleased to have them back?

Record signing Nicolas Pepe, who arrived from Lille for €80 million earlier this month, made his debut off the bench against Newcastle, and Emery said the forward could make his first start when they play Burnley at home on Saturday. We continued in our way with all the players.

"When they are training regularly every day and consistent every day it's good news for us because we can choose them to help us in matches - and the first match is Saturday".

From a football perspective, they may well be behind the rest of their team-mates in terms of match sharpness and preparation but it seems as if Emery is willing to give them as much time as they need to get themselves right. Above all, I want them to be able to focus on each training session and each match.

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