Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Safet Susic
1th World cup
FIFA Ranking: 25
Best result: -

Group F
Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Sead Kolasinac: the tree-like defender who can help to mould a tougher Arsenal

The Guardian

The new signing from Schalke was likened to a tree by a former coach for his robustness but he is also capable of playing in several positions and set up five Bundesliga goals last seasonThere was a twist this year to Arsenal’s annual late-season injection of hope in that it came with a change of formation. Can a conversion to a back three really, after all these years, be the recipe that actually delivers jam tomorrow? Yet it’s not even clear that Arsène Wenger intends to stick with a shape of which he was once openly scornful, and that means that every transfer, every rumour, will be analysed not merely in terms of the player, but for what it may indicate about Wenger’s vision of the future.The free-transfer signing of the Bosnia-Herzegovina left-back Sead Kolasinac from Schalke on a five-year contract this week makes the picture very little clearer, but what he should offer is flexibility and a steeliness Arsenal have often lacked. Although Kolasinac was not a regular wing-back with Schalke or his country, and has made his reputation as tough, powerful defender, there seems little positional reason why he could not operate as either a left-sided central defender or as a wing-back – as well as in his more familiar full-back role. He has, after all, played 19 games for Schalke as a wide midfielder (and four more in the centre of midfield), even if his more obvious assets are defensive. Related: Arsenal confirm signing of Sead Kolasinac from Schalke on a free transfer Continue reading...