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Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac: Roberto Carlos my inspiration

Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac admits he grew up idolising Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos.

Kolasinac is already a cult hero for Arsenal fans after his summer arrival from Schalke.

"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."

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