Community Shield 2017: Wenger speaks on Lacazette, Kolasinac debuts


Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has given his opinion on how two of his summer arrivals performed in their Community Shield win over Chelsea on Sunday.

In the absence of Alexis Sanchez, Alexandre Lacazette impressed on his first competitive game for the Gunners.

The French striker was unfortunate not to score his first goal on English soil, hitting the post in the first half at the end of a flowing counter-attack.

“Lacazette is stronger every week,” Wenger said.

“He had an interesting game today. I believe today is the first time that you have seen physically that he is ready.

“He still needs to adapt to the intensity of the game but overall he had very interesting moves and I believe that after what we have seen today he will become stronger and stronger.”

Another new boy who did well was Sead Kolasinac. The Bosnian, brought on in place of the injured Per Mertesacker, levelled the game with eight minutes left on the clock.

“He came on well. He is normally a wing-back, full-back but he can as well play as a centre-back,” Wenger said.

“He had a very interesting performance last week and I had a hesitation about playing him because I thought maybe Wembley with the pressure, but when he came on he was outstanding.

“He is physical very strong, naturally. You have players who are pumped up in the gym and you have players who are born strong. He is the second part.

“In the Premier League the power plays a part but it is not only that. I took him too because of attitude.

“The game does not tolerate as many weaknesses as it did 20 years ago. You need the combination of talent and attitude.

“He looks to me like he has the talent but also has a very strong attitude.”

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