Kolasinac the key to Arsenal tactics at Watford?

Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger will be hoping that the Bosnian international star Sead Kolasinac does not join our German international defender Shkodran Mustafi on the sidelines for this weekend’s Premier League tie, because the left sided defender has been a real breath of fresh air since we signed him on a free transfer in the summer transfer window.

Perhaps even more important than his ability and strength on the pitch for Arsenal, however, is his importance to our usual system of three at the back. While Sky Sports are reporting that the beefy Bosnian is only a doubt for tomorrow’s trip to Watford after picking up a slight hip problem, his absence could force the boss into a late rethink on the formation for Arsenal.

Losing Mustafi is a blow but we have other centre backs to cover, but that left wing back role is not so easy to fill and maybe the Gunners would revert to a back four with Bellerin and Monreal as the full backs if Kolasinac was not fit.

With our most defensively solid central midfielder Francis Coquelin supposedly available to offer the defence more protection, this might not be bad move from the manager. Hopefully Kolasinac will play but if not, would you want Arsenal to change tactics accordingly?



  1. gotanidea says:

    4-2-3-1 usually leaves only two central defender when Arsenal is attacking, makes Arsenal very vulnerable to counterattacks. 4-2-3-1 has been used for more than a decade and it is weak against quick wingers/ forwards.

    3-4-2-1 is more defensive and give Arsenal more cover in the back, hence it should be used in away games. Monreal can replace Kolasinac if Kolasinac is not fit and Arsenal still have other central defenders available for Watford match.

    The right wingback would also be the key to Arsenal tactic, but Bellerin has to increase his level in this match. If both wingbacks could play more intelligently and do less “headless-chicken” crosses, I believe Arsenal could be more threatening for Watford.

  2. arsenal4life says:

    Kolasinac has indeed been a
    breath of fresh air.
    He is unlike the other ponces
    who spray on 9 litres of deodorant
    prior to every game 🙂

  3. Yossarian says:

    Watford have one of the best shots-to-goals conversion ratios in the league, so we’d better get it right defensively, or we’re going to have a bad result this weekend.

  4. ruelando says:

    i think our left side of the field has become far more dangerous than previous years, i see kolasinac actually reaching double figures with assist and that is very important, i am hoping we can find another player just like him

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