As October draws to a close and the season starts to emerge out of its early stages, the transfer window seems a long time ago.
And what a window it was with enormous transfer fees, records broken and headlines written. Yet, the winner of our Man of the Weekend this week proves that you don’t have to have been bought for millions and millions to be a great signing; it’s Sead Kolasinac.
The Bosnian was signed this summer by Arsenal on a free transfer after letting his previous deal at Bundesliga side, Schalke 04 run down. He impressed in his final year in Gelsenkirchen, particularly in their Europa League campaign where displays home and away at Ajax made him the player of that tie, even if it was the Amsterdammers who progressed to the final.
Sead would’ve been on the wish list of many of Europe’s best sides but it was Arsene Wenger who captured his signature and possibly the signing of the season. He’s got off the mark already in an Arsenal shirt but this weekend, in a tight game against Swansea City where the Gunners had been trailing, the wing-back used all the power in his left foot to smash his side back into the game.
It was an important goal in the game and in the season for Arsenal as the North London side, forever put under pressure from the national press, returned to winning ways. Sead had a key role in Aaron Ramsey’s winner, too, influencing the game from defence and proving to be pivotal in changing the result of this fixture from a loss to a draw.
Performances don’t come much better and transfer signings don’t get much better than our Man of the Weekend, Sead Kolasinac.