Arsene Wenger has explained why he brought Sead Kolasinac on at half-time and how the Bosnian helped Alexis Sanchez thrive during Arsenal’s 3-1 win over FC Koln (via The Metro).
It was an unusual night at the Emirates Stadium. It would have felt a little strange for Arsenal as they played their first Europa League match but the delay only made things worse.
The match was put back by an hour due to crowd trouble at the Emirates Stadium as a number of FC Koln supporters reportedly found their way into the home end.
On the pitch, the Gunners started like the away side. FC Koln were 1-0 up at the break but during half-time, Arsene Wenger brought on Sead Kolasinac and it was the Bosnian who scored the first goal during Arsenal’s comeback.
The Gunners won 3-1 in the end and Wenger has explained how Kolasinac helped both the team, but more importantly how he helped Alexis Sanchez.
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“Kolasinac gave us a lot going forward,” Wenger declared after the match. “But he also pushed Sanchez more forward. Sanchez was very deep in the first half.
“In the second half, Sanchez became alive. He is still fighting to come back to his best physically, but Sanchez is Sanchez.”
Sanchez grabbed the all important second goal during the 3-1 victory over FC Koln and he showed a marked improvement in his performance in the second-half. This match goes some way to showing the importance of Sead Kolasinac to this Arsenal team.