An armed mugger who tried to preserve Arsenal footballers Mesut Özil and Sead Kolasinac has been jailed.
Ashley Smith admitted attempting to get rid of luxurious watches worth £200,000 from the pair in Hampstead, north-west London.
A 2d man, Jordan Northover, 26, has additionallyadmitted his feature in the robbery.
Smith, 30, of Archway in north London, used to be jailed for 10 years at Harrow Crown Court docket on Friday. Northover would maybe be sentenced at a later date.
Smith used to be additionally ordered to pay a £181 victim surcharge.
CCTV photographs showed Kolasinac chasing off two masked attackers on 25 July.
In a video that circulated on social media, the 26-yr-used Bosnian defender would maybe be viewed preventing off two knife-wielding males.
Smith used to be described by Resolve Ian Bourne QC as a prolific “profession prison” who used to be effectively identified to the police.
The mediate talked about Smith had “an appalling prison epic” of 20 convictions from 38 offences dating lend a hand to when he used to be 14 years used.
He used to be out on licence for a 42-month sentence for burglary in 2017 when he tried to preserve the Arsenal duo.
The court docket heard Smith and his accomplice did no longer count on the bravery of Kolasinac in preventing lend a hand.
The would-be robbers feeble a stolen moped, and were carrying helmets and sad dresses to study out and conceal their identities.
The weapons were described as a 10-12 scurry lengthy screwdriver and a smaller instrument about six inches lengthy.
The gamers managed to fly but stones thrown at their automobile brought on “valuable” injure.
Kolasinac and the Germany midfielder were uncared for of the Arsenal facet earlier than the outlet weekend of the Premier League campaign after the ******.