Of the north London outfit’s two major summer signings thus far, it can be argued that the Bosnian international has had the greater impact as he’s scored and weighed in with an assist in his first two appearances for the club.
In a summer where Neymar has joined Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona for a world record £198m (€222m) fee, Wenger insists his free capture of Kolasinac is further proof that bargains still exist in the transfer market.
“His performance talks about him and the way the crowd responds shows he has been straight away been accepted and shows you can still find good players on the market for free,” Wenger told the club’s official website.
“For me it is important to build the game out from the back, sometimes I am punished for it but it has to be the basis of our game.
“If you want to play football you have to build the game out from the back.”
Whether Wenger will work his magic in the market before the window shuts later this month remains to be seen. He’s been linked with moves for Thomas Lemar and Jean Michael Seri but it appears he must trim his squad before making any further additions.
However, he would have been pleased with the impact both Kolasinac and record signing Alexandre Lacazette had against Leicester City last Friday.
The French striker opened the scoring as early as the second minute at the Emirates Stadium as he marked his competitive debut with a goal and then the former Schalke defender squared the ball for Danny Welbeck to equalise on the stroke of half-time as the Gunners ran out 4-3 winners.