Arsenal will be fired up after break, says Kolasinac

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Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac believes the momentum the Gunners have enjoyed of late won’t be hindered by the break in domestic action as the international break continues.

Bosnia full-back Kolasinac, who is aged 25, has played a major part in helping to thrust Unai Emery’s side to fourth in the Premier League standings and get them through to the Europa League quarter-finals where they will face Italian giants Napoli.

Kolasinac, signed by former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger from German outfit Schalke in 2017, was instrumental as the north London side saw off a spirited challenge from Stade Rennes in the previous round. The Gunners lost 3-1 on the road but chalked up a 3-0 triumph at the Emirates Stadium to go through to the next stage.

Arsenal host Newcastle United in their next top-flight fixture on April 1 — and Kolasinac hopes he and his team-mates can pick up where they left off; their previous Premier League outing being a memorable 2-0 win over Manchester United.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Kolasinac said: “I don’t think the international break has come at the wrong time. I think it is something we are used to, occasionally you have to go and represent your national team. Sometimes it can actually be quite good to go and see your national team colleagues as well. To be honest, I don’t think it will take us out of our rhythm.”

Quizzed on his personal form, he added: “I am firstly just happy to help the team really. I think at the moment as a side we are playing really well. We are playing nice football. We are quite compact. I don’t want to talk too much about myself because I think at the moment as a team we are in good form. We are playing well and we are hoping we can continue it after the international break as well.”

Meanwhile, Kolasinac says he is looking forward to the campaign run-in, in which he believes the strength of the Premier League will once again come through. And with only eight games remaining he has reiterated the tough task ahead for Emery’s troops to make the top four and guarantee Champions League football for next season.

He said: “I really think it characterises us and it characterises this league at the moment as well that all six teams have got through to the quarter-finals. It proves that when people say the Premier League is the best league around, they are not saying it for free. I think it makes the Premier League very interesting and we’re of course proud to have progressed in the Europa League.

“It will be very tough to get into the top four but look we have got eight games still go and will get as many points as we can. There is a lot of football still to be played. But we are in the top four at the moment and that is very much where we want to stay.”