Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Schalke left left-back Sead Kolasinac.
The Bosnian was voted as the best left-back in the Bundesliga last season, ahead of Bayern Munich’s David Alaba.
The highly rated full back was subject to a failed big from Premier League champions Chelsea in January. Manchester City, Liverpool, Juventus and AC Milan were also monitoring the defender.
The 23 year old Bosnian international has 18 caps for his country joined Schalke in 2013, playing over 100 times for the German side.
His tally of five assists last season was the greatest of any defender in the Bundesliga.
His defensive work rate and reluctance to shy away from a tackle will add some steel to the Arsenal backline.
Arsenal opened negotiations in April, staving off fierce competition from AC Milan to land their man on a ‘long-term contract’.
Kolasinac, who was born in Germany, has a German passport and represented his country from U18 to U20 level before switching his allegiance to Bosnia. He can also play at centre-back or as a defensive midfielder
The full back is due to meet up with his new team mates in July for the start of the club’s pre-season programme.
Obviously Kolasinac did not cost Arsenal £20m. He was a free transfer. The point was to highlight that some are moaning that he cost nothing, when if he actually cost £20m they would be getting excited right now.
One headline I read declared “it’s a little-known Bosnian defender on a free” – just because a work experience journalist has never heard of the Bundesliga Left Back of the Year, does not mean he is little known. I imagine the little known journalist will be looking for a new job sooner rather than later.
Just because Matt from London puts up a post on Facebook that he has not heard of him, and how can he be better than David Alaba when he always plays with David Alaba on FIFA, it does not mean we have signed a useless player.
We have just signed the best left back in the Bundesliga. It does not matter if he cost NOTHING or £20m, as long as he is the right player for the team.