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‘Sead’s so dangerous in front of goal in England’

Sead Kolasinac’s stats at Emirates Stadium tell their own story: six matches, six wins, three assists and two goals.

The Bosnia international was instrumental in securing our victory against Swansea City on Saturday, bringing us level shortly after the break before setting up Aaron Ramsey’s winner less than seven minutes later.

Sead's stats against Swansea made for impressive reading

Kolasinac left the pitch to a standing ovation shortly before full-time - and it wasn’t just the Emirates crowd who appreciated his performance.
“We know that Seo has so much quality in attack, just as he does defensively,” Granit Xhaka told Arsenal Player. “His goal and assist were crucial for the team and we hope he continues to perform like that.
“We make it easy for him, he was accepted instantly and we knew already how strong he is. 
“That he’s that dangerous in front of goal, we didn’t see so often in Germany! But it’s going well here in England and we’re pleased to have him.”

We've won 13 home matches in a row

The squad was criticised in the media after defeat to Watford earlier in October. Since then though, we’ve won four fixtures, and have come from behind in each of the last three.
“Lots of people talk about the character of our team, that it’s not right and that we need to do more,” Xhaka said. “But we always show that we can come back. Today we were 1-0 down, last week we were 1-0 down, but we turned the games around and that shows the character of this team. 
“The manager told us at half-time that we had to give more, that we had to be more aggressive and play quicker. 
“You have to pay compliments to Swansea - they stood deep in the first half and were good defensively. In the second half, we played as we know we can and it was very important for us to win."

The Breakdown

Analysis: How Sead's strength turned the tide

We secured our 13th straight victory at Emirates Stadium on Saturday as we beat Swansea 2-1 thanks to goals from Sead Kolasinac and Aaron Ramsey.

Adrian Clarke examines the match in details in the latest episode of The Breakdown, and also focuses on:

  • How Ramsey smashed a series of personal bests
  • The lack of tempo and rhythm in the first half
  • The way Kolasinac became a major attacking outlet
  • How we created chances with runs off the back of defenders

Click the 'Play' button to watch the The Breakdown and then check out the following:


Watch the best of Sead Kolasinac against Swansea

Sead Kolasinac was understandably named man of the match after we came from behind to beat Swansea City 2-1 on Saturday.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina international equalised before setting up Aaron Ramsey’s winner as we continued our fine home form at Emirates Stadium.

Click ‘Play’ on the video above to watch Kolasinac’s very best moments - and more highlights from our win over the Swans.

Press conference

Sead's 'absolute body power'… and why he came off

Sead Kolasinac has been an instant hit with our fans - and you can understand why.

He crunches into tackles, gives everything for the team, and he scores and creates goals too. In six home appearances he’s played a part in five, including a goal and assist in our 2-1 win over Swansea on Saturday.
Arsene Wenger’s summer signing was the talk of the post-match press conference, and here’s what the boss said about Sead:
on Kolasinac…
Kolasinac was decisive today, because he scored and made an assist. We had a bit more space on the left, we saw that and we wanted to take advantage of that in the second half because they blocked Hector a lot with Clucas on our right side. For us it was important to build up on the right and change quickly to the left and create some space for Kolasinac. He did that very well.

on Kolasinac showing you can still get bargains…
It’s just down to quality. I believe that since he has arrived, he has convinced everybody that he’s a good signing. When you see the quality of his performance again today, you see there are still some good deals to make out there.

on if Kolasinac was injured…
Yeah, on his thigh, on his hip, he had that already but he came back today.
on why he’s been a success…
Because he has the natural qualities that suit firstly his position as a wing-back and, secondly, because he has the absolute body power that is needed in the Premier League.
on why Sead didn’t finish the game…
It’s a hip problem, a tight muscle in his hip. How long will he be out? I don’t know. We hope to get him fit for next Sunday.
on the injury…
He had that before and we managed to get him always available.
on what Sead weighs…
His weight, I don’t know, but about 85 kilos. Not pounds.
on whether Sead wanted to play on…
Yes, of course that’s what he wanted. I thought there was no need to take a gamble so I took him off.



‘Fans want winners and Kolasinac is a winner’

Many Arsenal fans wouldn’t have heard of Sead Kolasinac when we signed him in the summer. They can’t stop talking about him now.

The bulky Bosnian has earned monikers such as ‘The Tank’, ‘The Beast’ or ‘The Hulk’ for his powerhouse performances, but there is finesse as well as force in his game.

We saw it again on Saturday when, after firing us level with a ferocious shot, Kolasinac’s accuracy from the left flank picked out Aaron Ramsey for what proved to be the winner.

That word came up again when Arsene Wenger spoke to after the game.

“Sead’s a winner,” said the boss. “Fans want winners and he could deliver again when it was needed today. He didn’t hit it [his shot] into the stand, he hit it into the back of the net. That shows that the guy is a winner.

“He’s been a success because he’s a good football player, and he looks like he’s made for the wing-back position because he likes to go forward and the timing of his runs is very good. After that, I believe as well he has that natural physical power that is needed in the Premier League. Without that, you struggle.”

Sead didn’t finish the match - a precautionary measure after he felt tightness around his hip - but his work was done. Our other goalscorer did complete the 90 minutes, and earned praise from his manager after reaching 50 goals for the club.

“It’s fantastic,” said Wenger. “When you look at the video of the game again, you see that Aaron Ramsey is always in the box.

“Many times he could not finish but this season he is calmer with his finishing and what he did today will give him more confidence. I think there are some goals in him.”