Two men who tried to steal from Arsenal players Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil in Hampstead have both now pleaded guilty to attempted robbery.

Ashley Smith, 30, and Jordan Northover, 26, pulled up on a moped next to Ozil’s black Mercedes G class 4×4, which was parked in Platts Lane, NW3 shortly before 5pm on July 25.

Kolasinac was stood next to the car talking to the Gunners midfielder who was in the driver’s seat when the attackers, both wearing helmets and armed with a sharp object, approached the Arsenal duo.

One of the suspects waved the weapon towards Kolasinac, threatened him and demanded he hand over his watch.

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But the Bosnian left-back, who is nicknamed The Hulk and The Tank, bravely stood his ground and fought off the pair and then managed to get into the car – Ozil’s wife Amine was also in the vehicle.

WATCH: The video below shows the moment the attackers approached Sead Kolasinac

[Video: Met Police]

They drove off but were followed by the suspects before they eventually managed to escape unharmed and went to a restaurant in Golders Green where they were spoken to by police.

Met Police detectives led the investigation and the main breakthrough in the case came when a member of the public called police to report a suspicious motorcycle which did not have number plates, parked in a cul-de-sac in Borehamwood.

The report was passed to the Met, who visited the area and discovered that the moped was the same one used in the robbery.

CCTV from a local pub was reviewed, and it showed Northover and Smith visiting the pub a short time after the offence, and Northover changing clothes.

Ashley Smith (left) and Jordan Northover (right) both admitted attempted robbery [Image: Met Police]

The clothes worn by the suspects in the robbery, including a motorcycle helmet, were discovered on grassland at the rear of the pub, after police obtained and executed a search warrant.

Smith, of Cardinals Way, N19, was arrested on Wednesday, September 4 and charged the following day.

He pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and possession of Class B drugs (cannabis) at Snaresbrook Crown Court on October 3.

Northover, of no fixed address, was charged by postal requisition on September 17 and pleaded guilty to attempted robbery at Harrow Crown Court yesterday (November 6).

They will both be sentenced at Harrow Crown Court tomorrow (Friday, 8 November).

‘They went away empty-handed’

Chief Inspector Jim Corbett said: “Northover and Smith attempted this brazen robbery after travelling around streets nearby, looking for people to rob.

“Northover didn’t hesitate to draw a weapon when making demands, but he didn’t bargain on being challenged and the pair went away empty-handed.

“The victim and the people who were visiting him, while unharmed, were shaken by the incident.

“We identified these two suspects after a member of the public grew suspicious and called police, and this case demonstrates how important community information can be.

“I would like to thank everyone who came forward with information about this offence.

“These types of cases can be difficult to investigate as the perpetrators mask their identities by wearing crash helmets and scarves.

“It is vital that anyone who witnesses a robbery or sees anything suspicious contacts police to tell them what they know.

“The information could be vital.”


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