The headlines may have been all about Alexandre Lacazette’s arrival from Lyon this summer but another of the Gunner’s pre-season recruits, Sead Kolasinac, is quickly becoming a popular figure at the Emirates with the full-back impressing in the Community Shield at the beginning of August.
Source: Sead Kolasinac via Twitter
The 24-year-old joined the club on a free transfer from Bundesliga outfit Schalke this summer and appears to have settled into North London life perfectly. The left-back not only scored the equaliser in the Community Shield at Wembley but he has already gained himself an affectionate nickname from Gunners fans. The defender appears happy to have been branded ‘The Tank’ by supporters and he hopes to continue his fine form in the opening stages of the Premier League season.
The Bosnian outshone fellow new recruit Alexandre Lacazette and Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata who were both making their competitive debuts following big money moves from Lyon and Real Madrid respectively. He admitted scoring in front of 80,000 fans at the national stadium was an ‘indescribable feeling’ and explained that it’s the ‘dream of every footballer’.
The full-back was born in Karlsruhe and came through the youth set-up at Schalke before breaking into the first team. He netted four times in 81 appearances for the German side including on three occasions last season. He has also represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at International level featuring in their 5-0 win over Gibraltar in March.
He has already been praised by fellow team-mates such as Theo Walcott for his attitude and dedication in training, with the England winger tipping him to become one of the best full backs in the Premier League. It seems that he has impressed the fans and his peers alike during his short time at the club.
Source: Theo Walcott via Twitter
Kolasinac was deployed in a central position temporarily against Chelsea and with Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker both missing the start of the new campaign coupled with Gabriel Paulista’s proposed transfer to Valencia, he may be asked to deputise once again. However, the full back appears to take it all in his stride.
Arsenal have been priced up at 11/1 in the Premier League odds and are 5th favourites to win the title this season. Many fans will not be pleased to see Spurs ahead of them in the betting; however, the Gunners have been chalked up at 10/11 to reclaim their traditional spot in the top four! Wenger’s transfer business might not be finished yet and the club have until the end of the month to strengthen their squad but their additions so far appear savvy.
Sead Kolasinac has made the perfect start to life in an Arsenal shirt and the fans have already been won over by his pace and power on the left-hand side. The Bosnian will hope that a string of consistent performances in his favoured full back position will continue to impress the Emirates faithful this season. If he can put in a similar performance on a weekly basis then Theo Walcott’s prediction may prove correct. ‘The Tank’ is already winning over his new fans and the former Schalke man can continue to impress throughout the campaign.