Arsenal have announced their first signing of the summer transfer window with Sead Kolasinac joining the Gunners from Schalke on a free transfer (via Arsenal.com).
There have been strong rumours for a while that this deal was done but today we have official confirmation from the club: Arsenal have signed Sead Kolasinac.
The Bosnian international will join the Gunners on a free transfer when his current contract with Bundesliga side Schalke expires.
“I’m happy to have signed at Arsenal for five years and I’m really pleased,” Kolasinac told Arsenal.com
“Arsenal has a huge tradition and I followed the club as a young boy, in the days of Jens Lehmann and Thierry Henry. Arsenal has always been a club that is well recognised in Europe and I’m pleased to be here.”
Kolasinac has attracted the attention of some of the biggest clubs in Europe in recent months with his performances in the Bundesliga. The 23-year-old has operated at left-back for Schalke but can play in a number of different positions.
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“There are different positions but I think left-back is where I feel most comfortable. I can play as part of a three at the back too, or further forward. I’m really flexible,” he went on.
“I think my main strength is my mentality. I’m a player who will try to help the team as well as I can.”
He seems like a good addition for the Gunners. Arsenal are in need of a more attacking presence at left full-back and Sead Kolasinac’s arrival could be just that. The Bosnian’s arrival could, however, spell the end of Kieran Gibbs’ time at the club with Newcastle United rumoured to be interested in the full-back.