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Wenger plans to play both Monreal AND Kolasinac at the same time

Date Posted,June 6, 2017

Arsene Wenger is planning to fit left-backs Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac into the same Arsenal team next season.

Bosnia and Herzegovina international Kolasinac joined Arsenal on a free transfer from Schalke this week and is expected to be first choice on the left for the Gunners in 2017/18.

But that does not mean Monreal, who had an excellent end to the season, will necessarily struggle for game time in the coming campaign.

Speaking to the club website, Wenger detailed what drew him to sign Kolasinac, and how he and Monreal can fit into the same system.

Nacho Monreal was in brilliant form at the end of last season (Photo: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC)

“He’s very compact as a player, very strong and determined in the challenges,” Wenger said of his latest acquisition.

“He’s good in the air as well, so overall I believe he has all the attributes to adapt to English football.

“The game here is very demanding physically on the commitment front and he has the ingredients to adapt to that.

Arsene Wenger intends to fit both players into his system (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

“What he will give us is the fact that he’s a player who can give assists, who can go forward, who can contribute good crosses.

“It’s very important that we have that as well, because we have Kieran Gibbs, we have Nacho Monreal and we have him. But Nacho plays a lot now in central defence and in a three-man system I see him in there.

“So overall, I think [Kolasinac] can contribute a lot to help us to be more dangerous going forward.”

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