Ashley Smith who was jailed for trying to mug Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac was filmed begging for mercy as a fellow inmate attacked him in prison.
Ashley Smith, of Archway, north London was jailed for 10 years after attempting to rob the men of luxury watches worth £200,000.
Sead Kolasinac, 26, was filmed on CCTV chasing the moped gangsters around a £165,000 Mercedes G-wagon containing Ozil and his wife Amine in Hampstead, north London, in July.
Footage of attack on Smith, taken from within HMP Pentonville, London, using a smuggled mobile phone, shows the robber saying ‘it wasn’t me’ as his face was punched by the attacker.
Smith can be seen lying on the floor of a prison cell trying to shield his face, The Sunday Mirror reports.
Smith says: ‘It wasn’t me though. I swear to god. I can’t see.’
In Harrow Crown Court during his trial heard that Smith and his accomplice Jordan Northover, 26, did not count on the bravery of Bosnian defender Kolasinac in fighting back.
Ozil drove his wife and the other footballer from the ambush as the would-be robbers pursued them on a stolen moped and threw stones.
Judge Ian Bourne QC described Smith as a prolific ‘career criminal’.
He was out on license for a 42-month sentence for burglary in 2017 when he tried to carry out the street robbery on the Arsenal pair.
He had been released in connection with a burglary offense in January.
Smith had previously pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery.
CCTV footage of the attack showed Smith’s accomplice Northover pulling the knife on Kolasinac and using it to jab at his face and neck – but the hardman didn’t flinch as he squared up to the robbers and tried to knock them out.
As the robbers shivered, Mr. Ozil screamed to his teammate to ‘jump in’, sparking a mile-long high-speed chase via north London before his Jeep was abandoned outside a Golders Green Turkish restaurant where the footballers and Mrs. Ozil ran inside and alerted the police.