Arsenal sign £20m defender

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.

Keenos

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3 thoughts on “Arsenal sign £20m defender

  1. gunnerbear

    “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.”

    Well, we’ve got a defender who didn’t play for the best side in Germany and who switched colours because he wasn’t good enough for the German international side….

    …I wonder if his back is knackered and he won’t be able to play at the start of the season….

    Reply
    1. keenosafc Post author

      Actually a lot of 2nd generation Balkan Germans are turning their back on Germany (and Switzerland, and others) to play for their parents country.

      Back 6/8 years ago, these countries had weak teams, so players would play for the country of their birth (Xhaka for Switzerland, for example) but a lot are not choosing to play for Bosnia, Serbia, etc. some are even considering trying to switch to Kosavo now that it has FIFA recognition

      Reply
      1. gunnerbear

        If SK was any good we wouldn’t be picking him up on a ‘free’. Defending in the stroll around that is the BL is vastly, vastly different to being at the pointy end o’ the stick in the Prem’. I hope I’m wrong, but this has got flop written all over it.

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