Some Arsenal fans may well have criticised Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for his cautious nature over transfers in recent years, but the free signing of versatile Bosnia and Herzegovina defender Sead Kolasinac could be the bargain of the summer.
Kolasinac was the focus of attention for a number of other clubs prior to his free transfer to the Gunners from German club Schalke in the summer. In fact, the likes of AC Milan, Chelsea and Everton were all reportedly looking to sign the defender.
His performances in pre-season, especially in the Community Shield against Chelsea have shown flashes of why he was a player in such demand this summer. Kolasinac only came on as a substitute for the injured Per Mertesacker.
However, he scored the equalising goal and showed a general wiliness to drive forward. Even playing as one of the Gunners three centre-backs he was looking to move forward.
Kolasinac is very powerful
Arsenal teammate Theo Walcott has described Kolasinac as ‘a tank’ and ‘an animal’ recently. The defender is powerfully built and should thrive in a physical league like the Premier League.
The 24-year-old is certainly a player that offers strength and power in abundance, qualities Arsenal have missed at times in recent seasons.
I do believe that Kolasinac will probably start the campaign as a left wing-back for the Gunners. No doubt we will see plenty of powerful surges powerful from the former Schalke star. Last season Kolasinac scored three goals and provided five assists in 25 Bundesliga appearances for Schalke.
He has already shown his prowess in the attacking third with his header against Chelsea. No doubt, his talents do not just consist of keeping the opposition out.
Unbelievable on a free
Wenger should be locked up for daylight robbery for signing Kolasinac on a free. It is very rare that such a highly rated player becomes a free agent. Most clubs sell the player before they can become free agents.
However, Schalke took a different approach by rejecting bids from a number of clubs in January for defender, including reportedly from Chelsea.
Signing Kolasinac was a no-brainer for Arsenal. The transfer market has gone crazy this summer, so Wenger deserves credit for snapping up the versatile star.
Even if he does struggle to make an impact at Arsenal, the Gunners will be able to make a decent profit from selling him a few years down the line for a profit. This move looks to be good from both the playing and financial side.
Will Sead Kolasinac be successful at Arsenal?