London Man jailed for trying to rob Arsenal stars Mesut Özil and Sead Kolasinac

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An armed mugger who tried to rob Arsenal footballers Mesut Özil and Sead Kolasinac has been jailed.

Smith was described by Judge Ian Bourne QC as a prolific “career criminal” who was well known to the police.

The judge said Smith had “an appalling criminal record” of 20 convictions from 38 offences dating back to when he was 14 years old.

He was out on licence for a 42-month sentence for burglary in 2017 when he tried to rob the Arsenal duo.

Ashley Smith (left) and Jordan Northover (right)Ashley Smith (left) and Jordan Northover both admitted trying to rob the Arsenal stars

The court heard Smith and his accomplice did not count on the bravery of Kolasinac in fighting back.

The would-be robbers used a stolen moped, and were dressed in helmets and dark clothing to try and conceal their identities.

The weapons were described as a 10-12 inch long screwdriver and a smaller instrument about six inches long.

The players managed to flee but stones thrown at their vehicle caused “significant” damage.

Kolasinac and the Germany midfielder were left out of the Arsenal side ahead of the opening weekend of the Premier League campaign after the attack.

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