Arsenal made an impressive start to their Emirates Cup campaign by beating Benfica 5-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, and Gunners fans were particularly impressed with the performance of new boy Sead Kolasinac.
Despite falling behind to an early Franco Cervi goal, Arsene Wenger’s side quickly hit back and the Bosnia international played an integral part in both of Theo Walcott’s goals that gave the hosts the lead.
Firstly, the left-sided defender made his way into the penalty area before clipping the ball to Walcott for an easy finish, before he played a one-two with Francis Coquelin who set up the 28-year-old to score his second.
Second-half goals from Olivier Giroud, Alex Iwobi and an own goal from Lisandro Lopez saw the Gunners seal a routine victory.
Arsenal supporters were quick to have their say on Kolasinac’s performance via social media, and while were describing him as a “monster” and a “beast”, others were just pleased that he looks to be better than Andre Santos.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Can't wait to unleash Kolasinac,what a beast he is
— Abdulmalik Abubakar (@malikdtp) July 30, 2017
Coquelin was good while on, Kolasinac stepped up and was impressive and Chambers also had a great game. #EmiratesCup2017
— Adam Jack (@Adam_Mckern) July 30, 2017
Kolasinac looks a absolute juggernaut.
— Terry Hemmings (@TerryHemmings2) July 30, 2017
Just watched the AFC vs Benfica game. Kolasinac is an absolute beast. Can't wait to see him, Alexis, Ozil, Lacazette, Bellerin team up.
— Marcus (@isthatmark) July 30, 2017
Sead Kolasinac is a whole new dimension to @Arsenal's defence
— Kylian© (@mr_kadowa) July 30, 2017
Really impressed. Kolasinac is a monster and Nelson is going to be a superstar! 😏
— Ben Mingam (@BenMingam) July 30, 2017
Hugely impressed by Kolasinac yesterday, I know it's preseason but at least he looks better than Andre Santos.
— Giroud Bullet Header (@therealthandoe) July 30, 2017