Wenger explains Kolasinac absence from starting line-up

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Arsene Wenger has given his reasons for Sead Kolasinac’s absence from the first team in recent games, as the manager has chosen Ainsley Maitland-Niles at left back.

The Bosnian international had some difficult games on the ball, with low passing accuracy, and the manager reckons he’s needed a break before being considered for a return to first team action.

Wenger suggested he sees the 24 year old as more suited to a position in a back three but also that he can play in the more traditional system.

“He is highly suited for a wing-back role, for a more offensive role,” said Wenger.

“I think he will play again and I gave him a breather as well. He is working hard and I think he will play in a back four, as well.”

Whether Kolasinac returns for tomorrow night’s trip to Selhurst Park remains to be seen, but Wenger knows that three points are crucial in the chase for the top four.

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