Whilst Wolves deserve tremendous credit for their wonderful performance on Sunday, Arsenal will be frustrated not to have been able to beat their newly-promoted opponents at the Emirates Stadium. The draw marked the Gunners’ third Premier League stalemate in a row, taking their unbeaten run to 16 matches in all competitions, but showing that they still have plenty of room for improvement under Unai Emery.
The visitors were the better side at the weekend as the north London club had the heroics of goalkeeper Bernd Leno to thank for their undeserved draw. None of the Arsenal players shone, but a few in particular struggled especially.
Amongst those who turned in notably poor performances was the Arsenal left-back, Sead Kolasinac.
The stocky defender has only recently returned to the team after a pre-season injury saw him ruled out for the start of the campaign. An injury to the first choice left-back, Nacho Monreal, has seen the 24-cap Bosnia and Herzegovina international come straight into Emery’s starting XI.
The powerful defender joined the north London club on a free transfer in the summer of 2017. However, despite scoring five goals in all competitions for his new club, the 25-year-old failed to impress during his first season in England.
With Monreal ageing, the Spaniard will likely soon need to be replaced by a new first-team left-back, whose arrival could also signal the end of Kolasinac’s time at the Emirates. If he is to avoid that fate, then Kolasinac must impress during this run in the side he is currently enjoying.
Against Wolves, however, he did little to help his cause.
Having been defensively suspect since his arrival in England, the weaknesses in Kolasinac’s game were once again exposed on Sunday. Whilst Wolves mounted several attacks, the former Schalke man could not produce a single interception, block or clearance and only managed to make one tackle.
Despite being an attack-minded full-back, he was equally poor in possession. He did not complete any dribbles, produced no key passes and racked up a disappointing pass completion rating of 76.9%.
On top of that, Kolasinac also committed three unsuccessful touches – more than any other player.
All in all, it was a poor display from the defender who must start doing much better, and soon, if he is to forge a future for himself at the Emirates under Emery.