Sead Kolasinac joins Arsenal
Arsenal announced their first signing of the summer transfer window on Tuesday.
It has been an open secret for some time that Bosnia Herzegovina left wing back Sead Kolasinac would be joining Arsenal on a free transfer from Arsenal.
Kolasinac explains why he left Schalke
Whilst Arsenal fans are delighted that Kolasinac signed on a free transfer.
This is the second time that Schalke have lost a key defender to an English side on a free transfer in successive summers.
After Joel Matip joined Liverpool from Schalke last summer and enjoyed a successful first season at Anfield.
Perhaps as a result of Matip, or also due to the fact that Kolasinac played at Schalke for all his professional career, the new Arsenal left wing back posted a statement on Facebook, once his signing was confirmed.
Crucially, Koalsinac was clearly keen to impress Schalke fans with the message on Facebook as it ended with a picture of the left wing back playing in the derby against Borussia Dortmund.
Sead Kolasinac statement on leaving Schalke for Arsenal
Dear friends and fans, lately much has been said about my future career. I made a decision and I want you to hear from me.
As you know my contract at Schalke expires and I have spent many sleepless nights thinking where to continue my career. In the last six years, since I played for the U19 team Schalke, I became one of you. I take this opportunity to thank my mentor Norbert Elgert who did the key things to shape my life and career.
Consequently, my decision is to continue my career in London, namely Arsenal.
I’m very sad to be leaving Gelsenkirchen, but Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger offered me a great opportunity to prove myself at the global level.
Lately I have had several very tempting offers from the greatest European clubs, I have declined them all.
As you know, over the past few months I struggled with some injuries, but I gritted my teeth and give the maximum in every game for his club in order to achieve better results.
Schalke 04 leaves a big mark in my career and more importantly in my heart – forever.
I thank you for the great support you gave me all these years.
Sead Kolasinac’s 1st interview as an Arsenal player
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