ARSENAL left-back Sead Kolasinac was the Gunners’ weakness in tonight’s Europa League victory over Qarabag.
Arsenal news: Sead Kolasinac made his first appearance of the season against Qarabag (Image: GETTY/BT SPORT)
That is according to former Arsenal and England defender turned pundit Martin Keown.
Unai Emery’s side beat Azerbaijan champions Qarabag 3-0 to make it two wins from two in the Europa League this season.
Goals from Sokratis, Emile Smith Rowe and Matteo Guendouzi gave Arsenal what looked like a comfortable win on paper.
However, Qarabag caused the visitors a number of problems defensively and goalkeeper Bernd Leno had to be called into action on several occasions.
Kolasinac was making his first appearance of the season after recovering from a knee injury.
But Keown was disappointed in the Bosnian’s performance, claiming he does not want to defend.
“Kolasinac was a problem,” Keown said on BT Sport.
“We’re just looking here at the defensive responsibilities and he gets done there with one ball because his body shape is wrong.
Arsenal news: Keown says Sead Kolasinac was the weakness for Unai Emery's side (Image: BT SPORT)
Arsenal news: Sead Kolasinac struggled at times against Qarabag (Image: GETTY)
“He’s not in line with the rest of his team and he looked very vulnerable.
“Kolasinac is a player that wants to go forward but he doesn’t want to defend.
“He really was a weakness for Arsenal.
“But he’s not been in with the group, he’s not played in the back four.
Arsenal news: The Gunners have now won their opening two Europa League games (Image: GETTY)
“He’s not picked up the message of what the manager is looking for.”
The victory means Arsenal have now won their last eight games in all competitions.
A trip to Craven Cottage to play Fulham is next on the agenda on Sunday.