Sead Kolasinac has admitted he was surprised by the pace of the Premier League.
The Bosnian isn’t the first and won’t be the last new player to be surprised by the pace of the Premier League. Every new signing, at one point or another, comments on the speed of the game here in England, and how the ball goes from back to front so quickly.
The Bundesliga can be fast as well but perhaps not as direct. “I don’t like to make comparisons [between leagues] but I can say that here the pace of the game is a bit higher,” Kolasinac said, reports Football365.
“It really goes from end to end and that’s impressive. It takes time to get used to it, and you need time to do it, but that will come from game to game.”
The Leicester game was the perfect advert for the Premier League. From the first whistle, the pace was frenetic and there was plenty of action in both penalty areas.
Kolasinac had a reasonable debut. Defensively he looked nervous and perhaps wasn’t the best during set-pieces, but going forward he was effective. A run into the penalty area helped him set-up Danny Welbeck for an equaliser just before half-time.
Reflecting on the game, Kolasinac said: “It was very emotional and very dramatic. “I think we started well, went 1-0 up straightaway but then conceded. That was a blow but I think we had the game under control before we conceded the second, which was really annoying.”
The Bosnian has made a good start to his Arsenal career, scoring against Chelsea in the Community Shield and getting an assist on Friday. There’ll be cagier and more tactical games to come and that’s where his ability will really be tested.