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Arsenal sign Schalke defender, but who is Sead Kolasinac?

Wednesday 26th April 2017
Reports in Bosnia broke in the early weeks of this month that Arsenal had agreed on a deal with Schalke left-back, Sead Kolasinac. It's reported that the 23-year old has signed a pre-contractual agreement with the North London club. The Daily Mail claim that the contract will be for four years. The deal is set to be confirmed officially by both clubs on the 1st of July.
Arsenal have reportedly been interested in the Bosnian since the start of last season. A whole host of clubs was also following him, including Chelsea, Juventus, AC Milan and Everton. Sead Kolasinac was set to become a free agent in the summer after refusing to sign a new contract with Schalke, but Arsenal has capitalised on his situation. With the deal all but seemingly done, let's find out who this unknown left-back is that Arsenal are signing?

Sead Kolasniac was actually born in Germany in a town called Karlsruhe in 1993. He played for the German youth teams before deciding to then represent his parents' home country of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2013. Kolasinac played for Karlsruher SC, 1899 Hoffenheim & Stuttgart at youth level before moving to Schalke.

Kolasinac has made over 120 appearances for Schalke since joining them from Stuttgart in 2011. The Bosnian is a versatile defender that can also play at wing-back, centre-back and as a defensive midfielder. Arsène Wenger has always been an admirer of versatility in his squads.

The 23-year old excels at winning aerial duels, driving through the defensive third and tackling attackers 1v1. He's a player that rarely stays on his feet thus committing a lot of fouls in the process. Perhaps the Bosnian will follow the footsteps of Granit Xhaka who has been sent off twice in 21 Premier League games.

As his contract expires next season, it's said that Kieran Gibbs is gearing for a move away this summer and Arsène Wenger has identified Kolasinac as the perfect replacement. Nacho Monreal is also reaching the end of his career as he's now 31. It looks as though the Bosnian will be slotting straight into the starting XI at the Emirates.
Seeing as Arsène Wenger pretty much controls everything from top to bottom at the club. It's almost a given that the Frenchman identified and sanctioned this transfer. Perhaps this has given us the clearest indication yet that the 67-year old will be staying on next season. The Frenchman insists that a decision about his future will be announced at the end of the season but he has already made his decision. New deals for Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Özil have still not been confirmed.

Whispers from the club suggest that Arsenal are set to undergo a major shakeup in the summer, this applies to the players, not the manager. It appears as though Sead Kolasinac will be the first of many incomings to London Colney. As Arsenal fans let's hope this signifies big things to come so we can actually challenge for the title next season.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 

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