A man has been sentenced to ten years in prison for attempting to rob Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac.
Harrow Crown Court heard that Ashley Smith, 30, and accomplice Jordan Northover, 26, targeted the footballers just feet from Kolasinac’s home in Hampstead, north-west London on July 25.
Kolasinac managed to fight off the knife-wielding muggers with his bare hands
Smith, of Archway, north London, had previously pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery.
He masked his face with a blue scarf as he appeared in court on Friday by video-link.
Smith’s mother cried in the public gallery as the judge ruled he would spend a decade behind bars. Northover will be sentenced at a later date.
Shocking CCTV footage of the robbery saw Bosnian defender Kolasinac fighting off Northover.
Kolasinac earned huge praise for his bravery, with journalist and lifelong Arsenal fan Piers Morgan insisting he should be made club captain in the immediate aftermath of the incident.
Ozil sped away with his wife in the car and took refuge at a nerby Turkish restaurant.
Judge Ian Bourne QC, said: “An offence of attempted robbery took place on 25 July this year when him and another man attempted to rob the victims of watches said to be values at £200,000.
“I have also been assisted by watching film from CCTV which have shown some of the events that took place in this residential area of London, indeed within feet of the address where Kolasinac was living on 25 July this year.
“The two defendants had planned this crime, I’m satisfied, although it’s not possible to say whether they were targeting these two individuals.
“It’s fair to say they planned this attack with great care, armed themselves with pointed weapons capable of causing significant injury one said to be a knitting needle one said to be a screwdriver.