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Armed mugger who targeted Arsenal stars jailed for 10 years

An armed mugger who tried to steal watches worth £200,000 from two Arsenal footballers has been jailed for 10 years.

Ashley Smith and accomplice Jordan Northover threatened Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac with a 10-12 inch long screwdriver and a knitting needle outside Kolasinac's home in July.

But the would-be robbers "had not counted" on the bravery of Bosnian defender Kolasinac, who fought back after they approached the players on a stolen moped in Hampstead, north west London, judge Ian Bourne QC said.

Image: Ashley Smith has has been jailed for 10 years
Jordan Northover admitted attempted robbery. Pic: Metropolitan Police
Image: Jordan Northover admitted attempted robbery

Mr Bourne, sitting at Harrow Crown Court, said: "Between them they produced these weapons which they threatened Mr Kolasinac with, a long pointed blade which was thrust in the victim's direction and made contact with him.

Mesut Ozil speaking to Sky News outside his house
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"The two of them had not counted on Mr Kolasinac fighting back and he behaved incredibly bravely."

Kolasinac, nicknamed "The Tank", "must have been terrified by the events which took place immediately outside his house," he added.

CCTV showed Kolasinac trying to engage with the attackers, throwing two punches before he got into the car which was then driven away by newlywed Ozil, whose wife was inside.

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