Arsenal have shown plenty of promise this season under the guidance of manager Unai Emery, despite the fact they may miss out on a top four place. With three games remaining, they lie three points ahead of their total points tally of last season.
One player who has continued to perform well under Emery is Sead Kolasinac, who arrived as a free transfer from Schalke in 2017. The defender has 5 assists in 21 league appearances, a fine return for a left-back.
Kolasinac was Arsene Wenger’s first signing in his last summer transfer window at the club. He had previously made over 100 appearances in the Bundesliga, after coming through the academy system at Schalke. Consequently to the expiration of his contract, the defender was certainly a man in demand. Italian outlet CalcioMercato reported interest from Liverpool, Chelsea and Juventus – the latter emerging as the most stringent of competition. Arsenal won the race, however, in a transfer that now represents a significant bargain.
The Bosnian international is now valued at £18m (TransferMarkt) and one would presume this would be the minimum needed to secure his services. He initially looked a genuine steal, slotting into the Premier League seamlessly. Four assists and two goals in his debut campaign was enough to please the Arsenal fans, despite a drop in form towards the back end of the season.
As stated, Kolasinac has enjoyed another positive season – while he’s been playing anyway. The defender’s season has been hampered by injury, missing seven games due to a knee injury.
However, when he has played, Kolasinac has offered an abundance of attacking threat. The criticism Arsenal fans have, one which is largely vocalised, is his lack of defensive capabilities. The defender is often out of position due, which can often be overlooked due to his attacking intent.
Many fans believe Kolasinac is significantly better suited as a wing-back, rather than a left-back. They also believe that as one of the club’s top earners, he should be doing more.
Whether this is true or not, at the age of 25, the signing of the defender on a free has to go down as a successful transfer. After all, if he can replicate the form which raised so much excitement during his first season at Arsenal, they will have some player on their hands.
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