Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac has proven to be a superb signing thus far, but he gave supporters a scare this weekend after picking up a knock.
The 24-year-old joined the Gunners on a free transfer this past summer, and he’s grabbed three goals and three assists in 11 appearances in all competitions while also being a solid defensive option on the left flank.
However, he sustained an injury in the 2-1 win over Swansea City on Saturday, a game in which he was decisive as he scored the equaliser early in the second half to set Arsenal on their way to mounting a comeback.
Fortunately for Arsenal though, it doesn’t sound too serious as Arsene Wenger provided an update after the game on his condition, as seen in the tweet below from freelance injury analyst Ben Dinnery.
Kolasinac injured: "It's a hip problem, a tight muscle in his hip," said Wenger. "We hope to get him fit for next Sunday." #AFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) October 29, 2017
It sounds as though Kolasinac will miss the Europa League tie with Red Star Belgrade at the Emirates on Thursday night, but Wenger may well have rotated his squad anyway and rested the Bosnian international.
In turn, it’ll be crucial to have him available for selection for the showdown with Manchester City at the Etihad, and so Arsenal fans will be hoping that he can make a quick recovery and take his place in the starting line-up against Pep Guardiola’s side. Based on these comments, Wenger seems relatively confident that it’s still a possibility rather than just immediately ruling him out of contention.
Arsenal have shown real character to bounce back after their disappointing loss at Watford earlier this month. While they’ve already picked up a positive result away at Chelsea, it’s games like this on the road to City where supporters will be dreading another setback and so it’s down to the players to step up and deliver and there’s no doubt that the Gunners are a better side with Kolasinac in it.