Arsenal eased their way to the top of Group E with a comfortable 3-0 win against Qarabag FK meaning they are level on points with Sporting Lisbon who, like the Gunners, have won both of their games so far. Following the game, club legend Martin Keown commented negatively on the performance of left-wing-back Sead Kolasinac which left some Arsenal fans in two minds as to who they side with.
Martin Keown on Kolasinac:
— Arsenal TSN (@ArsenalTSN) October 4, 2018
On one side of the argument, a number of Arsenal fans were sympathetic with the Bosnian following a recent return from a long-term injury and understand that it will take time to become fully fit again, alongside having to adjust to Unai Emery’s philosophy.
I think this is unfair from Mart, he hasn’t played a game all season so was bound to be rusty
— Sam Nundy (@NundySam) October 4, 2018
He’s back from a ligament tear in his knee. Hasn’t played a minute of first team play. His offense on the wing was better than any wing or back on arsenal for the last 5 years. His defending isn’t quite there because he just hasn’t played.
— Edin Kovač (@Dr_Kovac14) October 4, 2018
He is just back from an injury. I glad he played the entire game. He can only improve from where he is.
— Mulindwa Andrew (@mulindwa10) October 4, 2018
On the other hand, some Gunners weren’t as sympathetic following the 25-year-old’s display and were critical of his defending, or lack of it, as even though wing-backs are allowed more leeway to attack, they still must be able to do the other side of the job. The quality to which Kolasinac can perform this side of his game when fully fit will play a pivotal factor in how much game-time he does get under Emery.
Exactly, man is a problem
— Orpac (@sppavos) October 4, 2018
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He's defends like that every time he plays for us lmao, there's a reason he was benched.
— Gh (@cm_afc07) October 5, 2018