Wenger chuffed with his new signings

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is happy with his two early signings, Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette, who he believes will slot in well.

The Gunners moved quickly in what has otherwise been a relatively quiet transfer window by snapping up Kolasinac on a free transfer before spending a club-record fee to sign Lacazette from Lyon.

The French striker recently scored his first goal for the club just 15 minutes after coming off the bench late on in Thursday’s 2-0 pre-season win over Sydney FC, while Kolasinac started in a three-man defence.

"[Lacazette] … has the style of play that we want to play," Wenger told Arsenal Player.

"His technical ability, his capacity to combine with other players around the box… He’s not only a goalscorer, he can also provide. We want to play our football based on movement and he has that kind of quality.

"We are a team where pace plays a big part, and the modern game demands a lot of pace in transition from defence to offense.

"The quality of the runs are vital in that kind of game. The quality of his finishing is also absolutely exceptional.

"Kolasinac is a powerful player who can play on the flank and can create good chances for his partners. He’s strong in the challenge and has a very strong body as well.

"He’s very committed, very focused, and is very versatile as well. He plays centre back in a three, he can play wing-back in a three, so he covers us centrally and wide. 

"He can play in a four as well as a full back. Overall, the fact that we played a little bit of a different system [doesn’t matter because] I believe he’s adaptable. He can adapt to both systems."

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