Sead Kolasinac caught the eye at Wembley on Sunday when he was introduced for injured skipper Per Mertesacker.
The Bosnian defender’s power and strength were obvious, and like Gilberto Silva before him he got his first Arsenal goal in the Community Shield, nodding home Granit Xhaka’s free kick to equalise.
It has put the former Schalke man, signed on a free this summer, into contention for a start against Leicester on Friday night, and he has impressed Theo Walcott since his arrival at the club.
The England international said, “Sead looks an absolute tank. He’s one tough unit to get past and I’m sure his physical attributes are going to be key to us this season.
“Honestly, he is an absolute animal. He’s incredible. I see him in the gym every day; you can just tell he looks after himself well, he eats the right food and he’s professional.
“You can see the power he’s got when he’s got the ball, his pace and everything.
“It’s beautiful to watch and he’s a great addition to the squad. This league is the best and I think he could be one of the best in the league.”