Watford | 24 | Winger
Arsenal’s defenders will need no introduction to Watford new boy Ken Sema. The pacy winger produced a dazzling performance as Ostersund threatened to pull off a sensational upset at the Emirates Stadium in last season’s Europa League last 32, giving Hector Bellerin a torrid time and utterly bamboozling Calum Chambers en route to scoring the Swedish side’s second goal. Arsenal progressed despite losing 2-1 on the night, but Bellerin & Co. won’t relish the prospect of a reunion with Sema when the Hornets visit north London on the last weekend in September. Sema is quick, powerfully built and absolutely loves a stepover. The 24-year-old can play on both flanks, although his reliance on his left foot means that when he is deployed on the right he must cut inside to look for a pass or in-swinging cross. He likes defenders to get close to him, trusting in his combination of strength and trickery to get past them. A favoured tactic is to roll full-backs in wide areas and get to the byline before playing low cut-backs into the box. Sema was born in Sweden to Congolese parents and came through the youth system at local club IFK Norrkoping. Ken’s elder brother, Maic, is also a professional footballer. Sema had to drop down to the Swedish second tier in search of regular playing time, spending two seasons at Ljungskile before being given a chance in the top-level Allsvenskan by Ostersund, where he blossomed under the orders of new Swansea manager Graham Potter. He starred in the 2017 Swedish Cup Final, setting up three goals in a 4-1 win over old club Norrkoping, and was a standout performer in last term’s Europa League campaign. Capped five times by Sweden, he narrowly missed out on a place in their World Cup squad.