Former Arsenal star Charlie Nicholas is baffled about the fact that Mikel Arteta is still giving Sead Kolasinac a chance to play in the Premier League.
The Bosnian joined Schalke on loan in January and it looked like his Arsenal career was over. However, the Royal Blues’ relegation made it impossible for them to re-sign him, and he returned to the Emirates.
Arsenal tried really hard to move him on in the summer, but no acceptable offer arrived. With the transfer window now shut, he’s stuck at the Emirates, but fans, pundits and the media were shocked to see Arteta give him a start in the Premier League against the champions.
Nicholas: I can’t believe Arteta is still using Kolasinac
The former Gunner said on the Where’s Jeff? Podcast: “Kolasinac, where has he come from?
“He was a ghost last season, he was out of the door. He’s back in and I couldn’t believe his (Arteta’s) choices.
“As much as I’m trying to support Mikel Arteta, I’m finding it incredibly difficult to give a proper and understandable reason as to why (he would start Kolasinac against Manchester City). So, yeah, absolute torture!”
The Insider’s View:
Almost every Arsenal supporter had the same reaction as Nicholas last Sunday. Even the most loyal fans of Kolasinac wouldn’t have expected him to start, which just shows how baffling that decision was.
Arteta certainly had something planned, but it’s safe to say now that it flopped. Arsenal were battered 5-0 by Manchester City, and although the result wasn’t Kolasinac’s fault, starting him made no sense.
Arsenal are likely to have everyone back fit after the international break. Kolasinac, signed by Arsene Wenger in 2017, is unlikely to even make the bench now, which is bad news for him, but it’s simply the right thing to do considering all the quality Arteta will have available in defence.