With Wenger changing the formation late on in the season, which proved to be very useful, helping the Gunners overcome Chelsea in the last game of the season to lift the F.A Cup. Can Sead Kolasinac fit into the new system?
The 23-year-old from Schalke signed for the club on a five-year deal, although he has never really played for club or country in the wingback position. The player has made 19 appearances for his former club as a wide midfielder and four more in centre field, although he is more of a defensive player so he could fit perfectly into that role.
One attribute that does stand out for the player is his work rate, with his ability to run up and down the wings of no doubt. He also managed to score three goals for his club last season and make five assists in the league. However one of his weaknesses is crossing and also passing, with his pass success only reaching 72% in the league, one which won’t fit in with Arsenal’s style of play. To put this in perspectives the pass completion rate of Bellerin, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Monreal was 85%, 83% and 85% respectively.
Kolasinac was born in Karlsruhe, Germany but later move to Bosnia-Herzegovina when he turned 10, where he played amateur football. He then joined Schalke’s second team and was soon promoted to the first team, after playing only seven games. He then went on to play 94 appearances for the first team, while scoring four goals.
The Gunners have always craved someone who is determined and shows grit and maybe now they have finally found that person. With Wenger changing his strategy from buying neat players, to tough footballers, starting with Xhaka and now Kolasinac, maybe this is Wenger’s new transfer policy. The Gunners have also been linked with Mbappe, though the Manchester United Rumours are that the Red Devils are also interested.