KEN SEMA

Wat­ford | 24 | Winger

Australian Four Four Two - - NEW SIGNINGS -

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.

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