Date: 9th June 2017 at 2:10pm
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Manager Arsene Wenger has been speaking about our first capture of the summer, Sead Kolasinac.

Having signed the 23 year old last Tuesday on a free transfer from Schalke 04, Wenger explained this week that whilst the player might be a new name to fans, he’s been tracking his progress for ‘a long time’ and he’s convinced he’ll quickly adjust to the rigours of the Premier League.

Speaking to the Official Site Wenger said of the Bosnia international.

‘He`s very compact as a player, very strong and determined in the challenges. He`s good in the air as well, so overall I believe he has all the attributes to adapt to English football. The game here is very demanding physically on the commitment front and he has the ingredients to adapt to that.’


‘What he will give us is the fact that he`s a player who can give assists, who can go forward, who can contribute good crosses. It`s very important that we have that as well, because we have Kieran Gibbs, we have Nacho Monreal and we have him. But Nacho plays a lot now in central defence and in a three-man system I see him in there. So overall, I think Kolasinac can contribute a lot to help us to be more dangerous going forward.’

As for the Hulk reference, they came from Kolasinac himself in a further interview he held with club media following his arrival.

With varying nicknames such as the Bosnian Hulk, the Destroyer and the Tank, he prefers an alternative.

‘Personally I like being referred to as ‘Seo’, which is my nickname. I`d be pleased if the lads here called me that.’

Having spent his whole career at Schalke his final game for them last season actually saw him miss it owing to a suspension – so he spent the game in the stands with the fans instead.

‘It was my last game but I couldn`t play because I`d picked up my fifth yellow card. I thought that as I couldn`t play, I`d travel with the fans, so I could see what they do for us. It was a very interesting experience for me.’

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