Walcott: Kolasinac is an ‘absolute tank’

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Arsenal veteran Theo Walcott has waxed lyrical about newboy Sead Kolasinac, claiming that the defender can become one of the Premier League's best players.

The 24-year-old arrived from Schalke on a free transfer at the start of the transfer window and has already made an impact, scoring the equaliser in Arsenal's Community Shield victory over Chelsea.

Walcott believes the physical strength and determination Kolasinac has shown bodes well for the Gunners this season.

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"Sead looks an absolute tank," Walcott said. "He's one tough unit to get past and I'm sure his physical attributes are going to be key to us this season.

"Honestly, he is an absolute animal. He’s incredible. I see him in the gym every day; you can just tell he looks after himself well, he eats the right food and he’s professional.

"You can see the power he's got when he's got the ball, his pace and everything. It's beautiful to watch and he's a great addition to the squad.

"Trust me, he's not easy to get around – he's quite wide as well. He fits perfectly for the Premier League, he’s absolutely perfect. He's going to show something different.

"I've seen glimpses of him in pre-season and he's going to get fitter, stronger and quicker. This league is the best and I think he could be one of the best in the league."