The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern have been patiently awaiting their side’s first signing of the summer…
There was a real cheer of delight earlier today, then, when the Gunners officially confirmed on their website that Schalke defender Sead Kolasinac will be joining the club this summer upon the expiry of his contract with the German outfit. Set to start pre-season training in July, the German will likely play a big role for the Gunners next season.
Currently 23-years-old, Kolasinac has been in fine form for Schalke this season – delivering consistently impressive performances for the German side during a tough season in the Bundesliga. Eventually finishing the campaign in 10th place, the loss of the defender will hit the club hard next season.
Kolasinac made 24 starts in the Bundesliga last season, amassing 5 assists and 3 goals throughout that period, highlighting his proficiency going forward. A hard worker and an excellent tackler, his defensive qualities are every bit as good as his offensive ability – highlighting just how important he will be for Arsenal.
Able to play at both left back and left midfield, it remains to be seen how he will be utilised by Wenger, but our landlord thinks that he would be the ideal wing-back, should the Arsenal manager opt to utilise that system next season.
Arsenal fans – thoughts?
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