An armed mugger has been jailed for 10 years after attempting to rob Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac.
Harrow Crown Court heard that Ashley Smith and his accomplice did not count on the bravery of Bosnian defender Kolasinac, in fighting back, as they tried to steal their luxury watches worth £200,000.
His team-mate Mesut Ozil then drove them from the ambush as the would-be robbers pursued them on a stolen moped and threw stones, the court heard.
Thirty-year-old Smith – who was described by judge Ian Bourne QC as a prolific career criminal who was well known to police – was out on licence for a 42-month sentence for burglary in 2017 when he tried to carry out the street robbery on the Arsenal stars.
He had been released in connection with a burglary offence in January.
Smith, of Archway, north London, had previously pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery just feet from Kolasinac’s home in Hampstead, north-west London, on July 25.
The judge said Smith, who appeared in court by video link, had a leading role in the very serious attempted robbery with Jordan Northover, 26.
The would-be robbers used a stolen moped and were dressed in helmets and dark clothing to try and conceal their identities.
Northover is to be sentenced at a later date which has yet to be set