Just how good is Arsenal’s newest signing, Sead Kolasinac?

Stats show new Arsenal signing is huge upgrade on Nacho Monreal & Kieran Gibbs by Russell Cane

Sead Kolasinac, Arsenal’s first summer signing from Bundesliga side Schalke, is a huge upgrade on current left-backs Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs, statistics show. The Bosnia-Herzegovina defender came through the Schalke youth ranks, making more than 100 appearances for the Budesliga club. He will join Arsenal on a free transfer on 1 July after his contract expires.

Our friends at Oulala.com have taken a look at how Kolasinac measured up to Monreal and Gibbs in six key areas on a per game basis last season.

Covering both defensive and offensive performance, our analysis suggests that the 23-year-old will slot straight into Arsene Wenger’s starting XI ahead of the Arsenal duo based on statistics from the Bundesliga and Premier League.

Kolasanic v Monreal

On a per game basis, Kolasinac won more tackles (2.8), made more interceptions (3.2), had more shots (0.7) and was only matched by Gibbs for key passes (0.9).

Kolasinac was also directly involved in eight goals, netting three and provided a further five assists in just 25 appearances, compared to zero goals and three assists from Monreal and Gibbs combined.

With age on his side too, it appears Arsene Wenger’s first signing is the perfect start to the rebuilding job he faces in turning Arsenal back into genuine title contenders.


  1. Well Wenger got Holding for 2 million and he took to Arsenal like a fish to water. A fantastic bargain. Maybe even better deal Than Chambers for £16 million.

    Sead looks very promising. He can play all defensive positions if needed. He has played defensive midfielder too. So it looks like he can adapt to any system. 3 at the back or 4 at the back

    He has more pace than Monreal and Gibbs. He crosses the ball more. Good dribbler and tackler.

    He is considered one of the best LB in the bundesliga

    Only concern is that PL is tougher and faster than BL. So no guarantee that he can adapt straight away.

    But I advise you all to watch him on YouTube. I’ve seen several videos and he is very impressive.

    1. He also started his career as a striker ? and just for good measure ?? he also has a dodgy knee. Good luck to all of us ??

    2. He is bargain
      kolasinac is awesome player
      He will be outstanding at arsenal a really good buy
      There is a reason they call him a tank and you will see why.
      No lost ball in his eyes, good dribbler , explosive
      Thugh , perfect tackler , good game readings.
      He will be outstanding the first year you will see.

  2. We’re going to need Wenger’s 3 main targets ?Mbappe, Lacazette and Lemar in our team, before we can talk about being title contenders. ??

    1. Yes. 1 top forward is not enough
      Chelsea had Hazard and Costa. Both Top forwards.

      We had Alexis scoring 24 PL goals and we still finished 5th place. Welbeck, Walcott, Giroud weren’t Top quality

  3. I dont believe so until he does it in the EPL.. well all know comparing both leagues and personal performances isnt always same once they switch

    1. He’s a good player so what does it matter? Holding is a good player as well. Should it matter that they were cheap or a free transfer . Better to get a cheap player that improves the squad than to do what Man U did when they signed Di Maria and Falcao.

    2. He is one of the best LBs in the bundesliga and cost £0 transfer fee.

      I think he is definitely worth the risk

      Also if we want to spend 10s of millions on forwards and midfielders then you need to take advantage of free transfers when available. We do have a budget too

  4. The quickest deal for us,Kolasinac, was a free gift, now Wenger is waiting to sign another cheap article. Clubs in Epl are buying while AW will wait behind to get the cheap leftovers.

    1. Has the transfer window even opened officially? Chill! We can’t judge this years transfer business based on the past. Wenger spent quite a bit of money last season. How much was Perez and Xhaka? How much was Mustafi? So we can’t assume he will only bring in cheap players. We definitely over spent for Calum Chambers.

  5. if you listen to the fan giroud is our only problem bellerin world class ozil Sanchez Ramsey ox so where is the problem on giroud is the problem the ox most play Ramsey bellerin Sanchez ozil we are good to go

    1. Best opinion until now describing exactly the situation in our team! And that misunderstanding lead us to fifth place team! We don’t know is Giroud a world class fkrward or not, could Hector become a world class defender or could not, Ox or Ramsey could make us title contenders ot they couldn’t. We dont know why we play as a world class team sometimes and why not ever! To fire Arsene or not much more to follow from Arsenal, but I think we must support the team first because that is our job! 🙂

  6. Sead look like a quality signing,and I feel the lack of support affected the team badly this past season…lets support the team under any circumstances this season#COYG

  7. As much as Sead is a wonderful signing for us and the 3 attacking players wenger is chasing we all tend to forget one position we need to strengthen…..there was a reason why kante won all those awards last season

  8. People should not be too concerned with free transfers. Sometimes contracts run out on quality players ie like Ibrahimovich, John Terry, Sead

    In the past Khedira, Cambiasso , ba, Klose Pogba, Raul, Baggio, Lewandowski have all been free transfers

  9. The only thing I can say for now is that I like the physical aspect Sead will bring to our team. We all know that we are considered as a fragile club when it comes to toughness of our squad. For example OX makes the difference. Not only that he is good with the ball but he also provides something OZIL lacks. That boy will always pass the opposition and he never falls when he is challenged. I am not saying anything negative about OZIL. I am just comparing these players in terms of toughness. That is also what I like about Giroud. He makes space for other players and a lot of attacking opportunities having in mind that he is always having a few players on his back. One more reason for which I like Giroud is that he really knows what he is doing. He loves the game, he understands the game. Something that some players in this squad lack. And I hope that we will also unload ourselves from some players that are struggling to perform. Best regards to you all. Let’s hope this season brings happiness to everyone of us Gunners.

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