Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac made an instant impact on his first start for on-loan club Schalke on Saturday, as he captained the club to their first win in almost an ENTIRE YEAR.
The 27-year-old completed a move back to his former club at the start of the January transfer window, on a deal for the remainder of the current season.
He joined a Schalke club in crisis, without a victory in 30 Bundesliga games in one of the longest winless runs in German football history.
But the club ended that nightmare in fine style on Saturday with a huge 4-0 victory over Hoffenheim – and Kolasinac was the catalyst that made it happen.
The full-back was hailed by spectators for his ‘real captain’s performance’, as he barked instructions to his teammates, pointed when he wanted them to move and flew into challenges to inspire the team to a superb display.
He even ended the game in midfield as new manager Christian Gross changed it up in the second-half, a sign of Kolasinac’s influence in the game.
He also earned praise from fellow Gunners outcast Mesut Ozil, who hailed the performance of his ‘brother’ on social media.
The defender’s move to Germany was interpreted as the start of Mikel Arteta’s ‘cull’ of deadwood at the Emirates Stadium.
But is it possible the Bosnian could play his way into a new contract in north London?
More to follow…