Wenger on ‘decisive’ Kolasinac + injury update


Arsene Wenger says Sead Kolasinac’s performances since moving to Arsenal is proof that bargains can still be had in the transfer market.

The Bosnian international was instrumental in the Gunners 2-1 win over Swansea City scoring his third goal of the season and helping himself to a third assist, for Aaron Ramsey’s winner, before being substituted with a hip problem.

“Kolasinac was decisive today, because he scored and made an assist,” noted Wenger in his post-match press conference.

“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 the wing-back’s successful start to life in the Premier League, he added: “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.

“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.

There was also an update on Kolasinac’s fitness with the boss hopeful the player will recover in time for next Sunday’s trip to Manchester City.

“Yeah [he was injured], on his thigh, on his hip, he had that already but he came back today.

“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.

“He had that before and we managed to get him always available.

“Yes [he wanted to play on], of course that’s what he wanted. I thought there was no need to take a gamble so I took him off.”

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