Wenger hails Kolasinac’s determined attitude

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Arsene Wenger says Sead Kolasinac’s power and attitude will help the Bosnian settle in the Premier League after he delivered an ‘oustanding’ goal-scoring performance off the bench in Arsenal’s Community Shield victory over Chelsea.

The 24-year-old replaced Per Mertesacker in the first half after the German suffered a nasty cut above his eye and proceeded to take the game by the scruff of the neck with penetrating play.

The free signing from Schalke capped his impressive showing with a late headed goal to take the game to a penalty shootout which the Gunners ultimately won 4-1. All in all, the boss was impressed.

“He [Kolasinac] came on well,” said Wenger after the game.
“He’s normally a wing-back or a full-back but he can also play at centre back. He had a very interesting performance last week and I had a hesitation over playing him from the start today.
“I thought maybe the pressure of Wembley… but when he came on, he was outstanding.
“He is physically very strong naturally. There are players who are pumped up in the gym and players who are born strong. He is the second part.

“In the Premier League, power plays a part, but it’s not only that. We took him as well because of his attitude.

“I believe that the modern game doesn’t tolerate as many weaknesses as it did 20 years ago and you always need a combination of talent and attitude.

“He looks to me that he has good talent, but as well a very strong and determined attitude, supported by a strong body.”

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