Arsenal fans enjoyed seeing Sead Kolasinac standing up for his teammates again on Saturday, with Burnley’s Jack Cork left with no choice but to give him a hug.

Arsenal's German-born Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Burnley at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 22, 2018. (Photo by Ian KINGTON / AFP / Getty Images)
Arsenal’s German-born Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Burnley at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 22, 2018. (Photo by Ian KINGTON / AFP / Getty Images)

In a fiery encounter against Sean Dyche’s side, the biggest flashpoint was a brawl that broke out after a wrestling match between Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Ashley Barnes. Jack Cork, in particular, immediately started trying to convince the referee to show a card to Sokratis, which the Arsenal players didn’t take kindly to.

Sead Kolasinac decided to back up his fellow defenders by giving Cork a bit of a shove. Although the English midfielder spun around as if to continue the fight, he then quickly turned his retaliation into a hug when he saw who he was up against. Arsenal fans certainly enjoyed the confrontation:

You never want your players to lose their heads in a physical match like this, but they also have to be able to stand up for themselves. The Burnley players will crowd the referee and appeal every decision, so if Arsenal don’t at least do the same the officials only ever hear one side of the argument.

Fortunately, the likes of Kolasinac weren’t going to let that happen, and the Gunners came away with the three points.