Arsene Wenger says Sead Kolasinac has the physical attributes to cope with life in the Premier League after snapping up the Bosnian on a free transfer from Schalke.
The 23-year-old left-back, who was included in the Bundesliga side of the year for 2016/17, registered seven assists and scored three times last season; stats that the boss thinks will bring an attacking edge to the Gunners.
“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.
Interestingly, with two international left-backs on the books already, the boss hinted that he could continue to deploy Nacho Monreal as a third centre-back when the new season starts – a role he looked comfortable playing during the FA Cup final.
“Nacho plays a lot now in central defence and in a three-man system I see him in there,” continued Wenger.
“So overall, I think [Kolasinac] can contribute a lot to help us to be more dangerous going forward.”
Whether Gibbs, who is out of contract at the end of next season, stays at the club this summer remains to be seen. He’s already been heavily linked with Newcastle United.