Darren Bent has torn into Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac’s decision making and says he is happy to see Unai Emery transform his game to make him more defensive-minded.
The former Spurs striker and boyhood Arsenal fan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 26-year-old left-back has a tendency of wasting opportunities in the final third of the pitch and that he is quietly pleased to see him playing a less attacking role this season.
The Bosnian international has played in five of the club’s opening five Premier League games, contributing one assist in the 2-2 draw with Watford.
Having joined Arsenal with a reputation of an attacking wing-back, even playing as a left-sided midfielder during his time at both Schalke and the Gunners, Bent admits he is happier seeing him operate as a natural left-back, blasting his contribution at the other end of the pitch.
Bent told Football Insider: “The amount of times I watched him for Arsenal bomb up and down, make brilliant runs, marauding runs forward, get to final bit where he’s got to roll it across the box or put it in a bit of decent quality in the box for the score, he always overhit it, he always seemed to make the wrong decisions.
“I like that Emery’s gone: ‘You know what, play a little bit more defensive, let the right-back or the guys further forward get into those positions.’ He used to pick up some brilliant positions but the bit that really mattered, the quality, he hit the cross too hard, he put it behind people.
“There’s no point getting into these positions and wasting opportunities.”
Kolasinac has a total of 78 appearances under his belt at Arsenal since joining from Schalke, with five goals and 14 assists to his name, nine of those assists coming last season.