With the signing of Sead Kolasinac all but confirmed, he was the obvious choice for this week’s Scout Report.
The 23-year-old Bosnian left-back is set to join the Gunners on a free transfer from Bundesliga side Schalke, with a five-year deal on the table, and it would appear he has a lot to offer at The Emirates.
Kolasinac has made 36 appearances across all competitions for The Royal Blues this season, scoring three times and assisting nine times, impressive numbers for a full-back who has been criticised for his attacking contribution in the past.
Quick, strong and tall – standing a 6ft – the Bosnian is a powerful forward runner who is more than able to hold his own and produce the end product when required.
His pass accuracy of 71% in the German top flight is poor but, his successful take on percentage of 42% shows his confidence with the ball and his 22 chances created, highlight a willingness to push his side forward.
These attributes also make him an effective defender, as the stats below show.
Although Nacho Monreal outdoes Kolasinac in most stats, it is important to note that the Spaniard has played 10 more games and almost 1000 more minutes in the league this season than the Bosnian.
Despite this, his stats are still very impressive and show a real willingness to defend and not just attack like most modern full-backs.
At only 23, Kolasinac has plenty of years to develop and improve, something that Arsenal appear to be aware of if the rumoured five-year deal turns out to be true.
At 31, Nacho Monreal is on the downhill slope towards retirement, something he has shown at times this season, while Kieran Gibbs has been consistently poor and doesn’t look to have a future at The Emirates.
All of this makes Kolasinac and ideal signing in my opinion.
I also believe that if we continue with the 3-4-3 formation next season, he could easily play as both a left wing-back, due to his attacking talent, or as a central defender because of his size and power. Kolasinac has also played as a holding midfielder in the past when required, demonstrating his versatility.
Either way, I believe that the Bosnian should be a starter next season. He is young and has room to improve, but has already proven himself to be a quality full-back this season.
Even if he turns out to be a flop, which I believe will not be the case, spending absolutely nothing on him means there is little risk to the signing.
So, for once with a signing, it’s a well done Arsenal from me, I look forward to seeing Sead Kolasinac in an Arsenal shirt next season.