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Kolasinac - The key to our Chelsea win

Kolasinac

We kept our first Premier League clean sheet of 2019 against Chelsea on Saturday - so it was no wonder to see Sead Kolasinac smiling at full-time.

Our Bosnian defender excelled along with the rest of our back four in the 2-0 win at Emirates Stadium, and he discussed the match with us shortly after the final whistle.

on a big win…
It was very important, especially because we shortened the gap to Chelsea, which was our aim. I think the team gave a really good performance today, physically and technically. We’re very happy with the three points.

on what the key for the win was…
I think our aggression - we were very strong in the duels and had two really good chances in the first 10 minutes. We didn’t take them, and that pushed us on further, along with the fans’ support. We really deserved to go in front and what was so important was that we scored the second before half-time too. That brought us stability, and then in the second half we had to defend, which we did. I’m pleased we kept a clean sheet too and that, together with the three points, made it a very satisfying evening. 

on the clean sheet and the effect it can have…
A clean sheet like that is important for us, especially for the back four and Bernd. It pushes us on and stabilises us ahead of the next game.

on changing to a back four and it working…
I think we worked really well as a back four today, but you can’t forget the work of the midfielders who were excellent - Matteo on my side, Lucas and Granit in the middle. They had to run a lot and they did that for the team. That made it easier for us.

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Player of the Month - January 2019

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We have four contenders to choose from, and if you cast your vote below you could even win the chance to present the award at Emirates Stadium.

Alex Lacazette was in fine form in January, scoring in our New Year's Day victory over Fulham and also firing in the opener against Chelsea - before crashing in a fine goal against Cardiff City.

Sead Kolasinac also impressed over the course of the month, laying on the assist for Lacazette against Fulham and helping the side keep a clean sheet at Blackpool in the Emirates FA Cup.

Sokratis impressed at the back once more, and was a key figure as we secured shutouts against both Blackpool and Chelsea.

Aaron Ramsey had a strong January too, shining in an advanced role in the victory against Chelsea and claiming a memorable assist against Manchester United in the FA Cup.

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