Two men have been charged with attempted robbery on Arsenal duo Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil.The two players were confronted by two offenders wielding knives in London on July 25.Kolasinac was seen on camera fending off the attackers with Ozil ultimately driving the pair away from the scene and to a local restaurant for help. Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Nearly two months after the incident, Ashley Smith, 30, and Jordan Northover, 26, have now been charged. In a statement released by police, it’s shown that both face charges of attempted robbery and threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a public place, while Smith has also been charged with the possession of cannabis. Smith, who has been remanded in custody, is next set to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on October 3, while Northover will appear via video link at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on September 25. After the incident, both Kolasinac and Ozil missed the Gunners’ Premier League season opener against Newcastle with the duo keen to put the attack behind them. “I’m happy to be back,” Kolasinac said last week.“Of course, mentally it was hard. We also missed training for a couple of days. I made up for that [though].”I’m happy to be back with the team and [ready to] perform with them on the pitch.I don’t want to talk about what happened in detail.”It happened and now it’s something that belongs in the past. The same with Mesut. We are back and we are focused on our job and the team.”While Kolasinac has become a regular under Unai Emery this season, Ozil has struggled for minutes, having featured just once so far in the league.The German midfielder did however start on Tuesday in a 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup, with Ozil also trusted with the captain’s armband. Arsenal are currently fourth in the Premier League having lost just once this season and next face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Towards the end of the brief ceremony the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake made a surprise visit to the location and extended his best wishes to the new Chief of Staff. Major General K. A. D. A Karunasekara RWP RSP VSV USP ndu psc, popularly known as ‘Amal Karunasekara’ was the Commandant of the Defence Services Command and Staff College, Sapugaskanda and the 15th Colonel of the Regiment in the Sri Lanka Light Infantry Regiment.Major General Amal Karunasekara joined the Sri Lanka Army as an Officer Cadet in the year 1981, and after the completion of his initial Officer Cadet training in the prestigious Sri Lanka Military Academy, Diyathalawa, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Sri Lanka Light Infantry Regiment of the Sri Lanka Army in 1984. Being a professional military officer with an excellent record of conduct, he has an outstanding career record spanning more than 35 years to-date.Major General Amal Karunasekara has followed numerous local and overseas courses in various fields of studies to enhance his knowledge and continuous professional advancement. Among them the advanced courses he followed in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, United States of America and the United Kingdom, to his credit. He has received a Masters Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras, India and also a Master of Science Degree in Defence Management from the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka. In addition he has also followed the course on ‘Defence and Stretegic Studies’ in National Defence University, China.He is a double staff qualified Military Officer at the Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, India. Director General General Staff (DGGS), Military Secretary (MS), Master General Ordnance (MGO) and several Senior Officers were present during the brief inauguration of office. In his extended military career, he has served in many Command, Instructional and Staff appointments from the elementary level up to the higher level to-date. Among several key appointments that he held were Director Military Intelligence, Director Infantry, Master General of Ordnance Branch (MGO Br) and Military Secretary of the Sri Lanka Army. The 51st Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, Major General Amal Karunasekara assumed office this morning during a simple ceremony at his office in the Army Headquarters.Members of the Maha Sangha performed religious observances and invoked blessings on the new appointment as the new Chief of Staff Major General Amal Karunasekara began signing a formal document to signify the acceptance of his new office. He has the honour of being the Commander of the first-ever Sri Lankan contingent of troops for the United Nations Peace Keeping Operations that was sent to Haiti in 2004.He has also commanded an infantry Battalion and an infantry Brigade during many military operations conducted against LTTE terrorists. (Colombo Gazette)