According to recent reports by the Metro, Arsenal’s Bosnian full-back is set to miss international action after the Gunners bosses, Unai Emery ordered him to.
The 25-year-old missed the start of the season due to a knee injury he sustained in Dublin playing against Chelsea. He recently made a return to the pitch in the Gunners’ 3-0 victory over Azerbaijani champions Qarabag in the Europa League.
The full-back received a call by the Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Federation to be part of the team to face Turkey and Northern Ireland. The Federation has confirmed though that they received a special request by Arsenal boss Unai Emery to let him stay in England and complete his recovery.
In his first game back from injury, the Bosnian didn’t give his best performance thus drawing criticism from former Gunners defender, Martin Keown. He said –
Kolasinac is a player who wants to go forward but he doesn’t want to defend.
He really was a weakness for Arsenal.
But he’s not been in the group, he’s not been in the back for, and he’s not picked up the message of what the manager is looking for.
Arsenal don’t have a game until October 22nd when they play Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium. The extended period of rest gives the 25-year-old enough time to regain his fitness and form which is what boss Unai Emery might be hoping for.