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Kolasinac Stepping Up

The continued absence of Mesut Ozil has meant that in terms of creation - we have needed our other players to step up.The most likely candidate would have been Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but the Armenian has suffered more than his fair share of injuries and has so far been unable to shoulder the responsibility.Instead, we have had another who has risen to the fore.Step forward - Sead Kolasinac.The Bosnian has occasionally been a divisive figure when deciding if he is Arsenal material, but in our hour of need, Kolasinac has been simply excellent.He has been a firm favourite of the fledgling Emery era, and it is easy to see why. the rampaging left-back has produced 18 chances for his teammates this season so far - seven more than his closest rival - Alex Iwobi.Kolasinac has also been primely placed with Emery’s favoured wing-back approach, giving free license to his penchant for those lung-busting runs from deep and getting to the byline. Ainsley Maitland-Niles has also seen a lot of joy on his respective flank, but the man we know as Big Sead is blossoming - and it has appeared that he is our predominant outlet.The last ten or so matches especially, the sight of Kola in full flow has got the crowd on their feet. Is this enough though? The chance creation? The always available outlet?He is a defender after all, and on that side of things, he has been less than convincing - but isn’t this something that can be levelled at the entirety of our backline?Kolasinac may need to school up on his defending a tad, but the prospect of he and Bellerin on opposing flanks is a mouthwatering one. If we can tighten up at the back then we have two players who can make things happen up top - with or without Ozil’s assistance.