Kolasinac impresses in positive Arsenal win over Benfica

The new Arsenal signing Sead Kolasinac made a brilliant home debut yesterday against Benfica, and he came out of the traps in style and had a hand in three of Arsenal’s five goals. He practically singlehandedly created the first goal for Theo Walcott and his forward runs gave him a hand in both Walcott’s second goal and Alex Iwobi’s fifth strike.

The Bosnian international admitted that he was a little nervous at the start, but he soon got over that. “It was a really nice feeling, my first time here,” Kolasinac said on Arsenal.com. “I was a bit nervous before because it was my first game here at Emirates Stadium. I’m happy that we won the game and that the fans welcomed me so well.

“[For the first goal] Alex played me the ball out wide and I thought it would go out, so I followed it up, won it and saw Theo in the background. I chipped it over to him and he finished it ice-cold.

“I think we combined really well going forward. We don’t all know each other so well yet and we’ll still need to get to get more used to each other but today we saw lots of good combinations, particularly when we went forward.”

It was a fine first game and it will give him and the team confidence to get a result against Sevilla today and retain our very own trophy. Arsene Wenger was very happy with the team dynamic, and it looks like our gruelling pre-season has got the lads up to speed. “It was a pacy English game, and of course the pitch is top quality and the rain made the game quite quick and on top of that we scored many goals,” Wenger said. “Unfortunately we conceded a few but overall it was a very positive game.

“Many of the goals were the consequence of our team play that we work on, so overall you can see that the guys have played together for a while and the combination play is good. We had good finishes and we always looked dangerous.”

With the Community Shield just one week away, the team looked fit and dangerous. Alexandre Lacazette came on for the last 15 minutes to get a taste of the Emirates atmosphere, and hopefully we will see a lot more of him today against Sevilla. If he is as impressive as Kolasinac, we could be in for a very good season…

COYG! Onwards and Upwards!



  1. Mr pat says:

    Great game yesterday, it’s looking promising for the new season apart from the idiot invading the pitch, as arsenal fans why can’t we just support our team and by the way watched second division German league opening game of the season the atmosphere was electric between St pauli and bochum, why can’t we gooners be like that even Sunderland put us to shame last season with there support for there lads

  2. Mr pat says:

    Kolasnic all round play was up there early days with the rigours of premiership will do to him, naby keita looks good but even he was contained eventually by the astute sevilla players, we need to sell before we buy now or else the squad will become bloated by wannabes with their inflated wages organised by wenger which makes difficult to sell them, Walcott in question,,

  3. sniper says:

    Today is lacazette day coyg!

  4. GB says:

    In case you all unaware, today’s game is live on free view channel Quest at 4.15. Up the Arse.

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Never seen that channel before yesterday. Do you know if they get other matches.

  5. Waal2waal says:

    concerning the defender kolasinac – the feeling is a healthy mix of ‘excitement’ with cautious-optimism. He is clearly talented but unexposed to abuse or the venom of fans at spurs, merseyside, m’chester, even stoke and following the test of “character” then we”l be better placed to evaluate the kind player we have on our hands.

  6. sniper says:

    Chelsea fans already turning on morata ,he is bench warmer, haha likely to be the flop of season

  7. Billy says:

    @Waal. Have you never met a Bosnian before? They have thicker skin than any Rhino I’ve ever seen. He’s a beast and won’t take any shit. With him and Xhaka we are starting to get a tough team again.
    Will never forget Keown jumping all over Van Nisteroy when he missed that penalty.

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