An armed mugger who tried to rob Arsenal footballers Mesut Özil and Sead Kolasinac has been jailed. Ashley Smith (left) admitted attempting to steal luxury watches worth £200,000 from the pair in Hampstead, north-west London. A second man, Jordan Northover (right), 26, has also admitted his role in the robbery.
Smith, 30, of Archway in north London, was jailed for 10 years at Harrow Crown Court on Friday. Northover will be sentenced at a later date. CCTV footage showed Kolasinac chasing off two masked attackers on 25 July. In a video that circulated on social media, the 26-year-old Bosnian defender could be seen fighting off two knife-wielding men. Smith was described by judge Ian Bourne QC as a prolific “career criminal” who was well known to police. He was out on licence for a 42-month sentence for burglary in 2017 when he tried to rob the Arsenal duo. 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, were dressed in helmets and dark clothing to try and conceal their identities. Özil drove the group away from the scene pursued by culprits throwing stones at the car, the court heard. Kolasinac and the Germany midfielder were left out of the Arsenal side ahead of the opening weekend of the Premier League campaign after the incident.