The 26-year-old came off the bench to slot home Alex Iwobi’s cross against Sydney FC on Thursday, and Arsene Wenger is expecting that goal to be the first of many for Arsenal’s new No 9.
“He is a player who has the style of play that we want to play,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “His technical ability, his capacity to combine with other players around the box… He’s not only a goalscorer, he can also provide. We want to play our football based on movement and he has that kind of quality.
“We are a team where pace plays a big part, and the modern game demands a lot of pace in transition from defence to offense. The quality of the runs are vital in that kind of game. The quality of his finishing is also absolutely exceptional. That’s of course important.
“Kolasinac is a powerful player who can play on the flank and can create good chances for his partners,” the manager added.
“He’s strong in the challenge and has a very strong body as well. He’s very committed, very focused, and is very versatile as well. He plays centre back in a three, he can play wing-back in a three, so he covers us centrally and wide.
“He can play in a four as well as a full back. Overall, the fact that we played a little bit of a different system [doesn’t matter because] I believe he’s adaptable. He can adapt to both systems.”
The manager is pleased with the additions of Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette and believes getting them in early will have a positive impact this season.
“It is an advantage because you go into the new season and you have an idea of what the players are about, with whom they can integrate the team and do well – overall I think it is a huge advantage,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.
“Unfortunately we are not the only ones to decide the pace of the transfer market.
“If you look around, not a lot has happened since the start of the opening of the transfers but certainly a lot will happen inn the final part, especially in the last two weeks and even more in the last week.”
Source: Arsenal FC