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Kolasinac Injured, Nketiah Stays and Au-ban Upheld

Kolasinac injury

Sead Kolasinac has had his fair share of injuries since he joined the club, and this disrupted his chances of nailing a first team berth in the league. He had a consistent run out at the start of this season following Kieran Tierney injury problems and the club’s decision to offload Mr. Consistency himself, Nacho Monreal to Real Sociedad. 

Kolasinac managed to feature in 14 Premier League games, creating two assists for his teammates, but with Tierney suffering yet another injury that sidelined him till March, Kolasinac expected to continue his good run of games in the side, supporting his team from the left flank. However, the Bosnian is set to miss this weekend’s game against Sheffield United due to a thigh strain,

With the crucial clash against Chelsea coming just two days after the Sheffield game, we would not expect Kolasinac to start that game. His injury will give a chance for Bukayo Saka to feature as a make-shift full back, a position the youngster is not too comfortable with. 

Speaking of youngsters, Eddie Nketiah expected to make a loan move to Bristol City, after we wondered what the future held for him. His manager, Mikel Arteta, got a glimpse of him in recent training sessions and concluded that he will stay at the club for the rest of the season, rather than a loan spell for more match experience.

There are mixed feelings on the club’s decision to keep Nketiah for the remainder of the campaign. On one end, it was essential to give a talented youngster some much needed game time, as he did not play as much as expected in Leeds United, before the loan spell was recalled. On the other hand, Aubameyang’s suspension and Alexandre Lacazette’s poor form must have forced the manager’s hand to keep Nketiah.

The Gunners were hopeful that Aubameyang’s ban would be reduced, but the FA confirmed that he will serve his three-match suspension. This is a major setback to the club as the Gunners will have to cope without their talisman for the next three games. 

Sayonara

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Arsenal Confirm the Signing of Sead Kolasinac

Sead Kolasinac

(via Arsenal.com)

It all started with a post, or maybe two, from Sead Kolasinac’s teammate, Max Meyer, on Instagram LIVE.

#YaGunnersYa, a hashtag used by Mesut Ozil on Twitter, more times than the amount of goals Yaya Sanogo scored in his entire career.

Many speculated, the media vultures did their bit and after a number of reliable sources published pretty much the same news, it was simply a case of waiting for Arsenal to confirm the signing of their new Bosnian left back, Sead Kolasinac. I’m not an avid fan of the Bundesliga but I learned that he was in the Team of the Year last season with three goals and seven assists to his name in the campaign. The YouTube video below offers some insight on what to expect from the lad.

At 23, he’s certainly one for the future but his arrival has more or less confirmed the end of the road for Kieran Gibbs with Nacho Monreal stating that he wants to spend three more years with the club,

“I am very happy at Arsenal and I feel important because Wenger has shown me confidence.

“I have two years left to contract, an optional third, and the idea is to stay there. I am aware that football can change, but I’m playing and in my head, the idea is to stay.”

Monreal has been a symbol of consistency at the club and he has proven himself well as a left back, left wing back and in some cases, as an adept center back. In Kolasinac, Arsenal has a full back at the right age that can understudy and challenge Monreal for his place in the squad and as we know, competition brings out the best in footballers.

The lad had some nice things to say as he confirmed his move to North London,

“It feels really good and I’m pleased to be here. I’m happy to have signed at Arsenal for five years and I’m really pleased. Arsenal has a huge tradition and I followed the club as a young boy, in the days of Jens Lehmann and Thierry Henry. Arsenal has always been a club that is well recognised in Europe and I’m pleased to be here.”

One thing I noticed about Kolasinac is how bulky he is, and in a division like the Premier League, his strength can come in handy as he shove right wingers off the ball with consummate ease. Good stuff. The lad also stated that his greatest strength is his ‘mentality’ and we would get a glimpse of that in the 2017/18 season.

With Kolasinac in the bag, let’s remain hopeful that there would be more quality additions to the squad. You can watch his first interview with the club (via Arsenal.com) to get a feel of our shiny new toy.

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