Arsenal news: ‘He really was a weakness’ - Martin Keown criticises star vs Qarabag

Arsenal news: ‘He really was a weakness’ - Martin Keown criticises star vs Qarabag

04 October 2018 Thursday 22:46
Arsenal news: ‘He really was a weakness’ - Martin Keown criticises star vs Qarabag

ARSENAL left-back Sead Kolasinac was the Gunners’ weakness in tonight’s Europa League victory over Qarabag.

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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.

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Arsenal news: Keown says Sead Kolasinac was the weakness for Unai Emery's side (Image: BT SPORT)

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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.

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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.

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