Sead Kolasinac will be an ‘absolute tank’ for Arsenal, says Theo Walcott

• ‘I see him in the gym every day and you can just tell he looks after himself’
• Kolasinac was a free transfer after his contract with Schalke 04 ended in June

Theo Walcott believes Arsenal have signed an “animal” in the form of Sead Kolasinac and says the left-back can become one of the best defenders in the Premier League.

Kolasinac, a free transfer signing after his contract at Schalke 04 expired in June, replaced the injured Per Mertesacker during the Community Shield win over Chelsea and headed Arsenal’s second-half equaliser. Despite being deployed in central defence during his hour on the pitch he also caught the eye with some marauding runs from the back and Walcott has seen enough to believe Kolasinac’s power and physical condition will be vital attributes.

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