Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has explained why he has dropped Sead Kolasinac for the past three Premier League games.
Kolasinac has not featured in the Premier League since the 1-1 draw with Southampton earlier this month, with the club switching formations to play four at the back.
Wenger says that the tactical change, coupled with Kolasinac’s lack of a winter break that he enjoyed during his time in the Bundesliga, has contributed to the decision.
“He is highly suited for a wing-back role, for a more offensive role,” said the Arsenal manager.
“I think he will play again and I gave him a breather as well. He is working hard and I think he will play in a back four, as well.”
Kolasinac himself added: “It’s fine up to now. My old team-mates at Schalke played their last game of the year on the day we beat West Ham in the cup, so they are on holiday now.
“December is a tough month – there are a lot of games one after the other – but my body can deal with that. I’m still young and I can cope.”