He may be a new face to many Arsenal fans, but Arsène Wenger has been following Sead Kolasinac for “a long time”.

The Bosnia international has become our first signing of the summer and his new manager is confident that he will quickly adapt to Premier League football.

“He’s very compact as a player, very strong and determined in the challenges,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “He’s good in the air as well, so overall I believe he has all the attributes to adapt to English football

“The game here is very demanding physically on the commitment front and he has the ingredients to adapt to that.

“What he will give us is the fact that he’s a player who can give assists, who can go forward, who can contribute good crosses.

“It’s very important that we have that as well, because we have Kieran Gibbs, we have Nacho Monreal and we have him. But Nacho plays a lot now in central defence and in a three-man system I see him in there.

“So overall, I think [Kolasinac] can contribute a lot to help us to be more dangerous going forward.”

 

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Rob Kelly 7 Jun 2017