Kolasinac ‘I Wanted to be Like Roberto Carlos’
Arsenal left wing-back Sead Kolasinac says that he models his game on legendary Brazilian left-back Roberto Carlos. Kolasinac joined Arsenal from Schalke in June to replace Kieran Gibbs.
Kolasinac’s performances have caught the eye so far and he admits that his style is in no small part due to the influence that World Cup winning Brazilian Carlos had on him as a child growing up in Bosnia.
Roberto Carlos and Zinedine Zidane are the two that really stayed in my head," Kolasinac told the Arsenal Magazine. "You don’t have to say much about those two, everyone knows them and as a child, they had a real influence on me.
"I remember I used to try to take free-kicks like the one Roberto Carlos scored against France [at Le Tournoi in 1997].
"But what I trained more often was that Zidane trick, which I practised a lot on the pitch. It's the roulette - I did it against Leicester. We always practised it
"I still talk often with my friends about our childhood. Looking back, as soon as school finished, we’d go to the local pitch and play until our mothers would drag us away late at night."