If reports in the English media are to be believed, Arsenal have finally completed the signing of the Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac on a four-year deal. The player has been heavily linked with a move to North London and it now appears that the club have finally sealed the deal to bring the highly-rated defender to the Emirates.
Reports from the Daily Mail and the Metro claim that the Bosnian international is joining the Gunners based on assurance from the club that manager Arsene Wenger will be staying on at the club and the reports further claim that the players who are currently re-negotiating terms are also being told that the under-fire Gunners boss will remain in-charge of Arsenal.
After Wenger showed that he is open to new tactics after fielding a 3-4-2-1 formation against Middlesbrough on Monday night, it appears the veteran manager has made his first summer acquisition based on his new formation. Considering Nacho Monreal’s woeful performance at left wing-back, it was necessary to get a top-quality replacement and it appears the club has done exactly that.
Wenger himself admitted that he had been pondering over shifting to a back-three for quite some time now and it looks like the signing of Kolasinac has been made with the new system in mind, considering that the Bosnian is a quick and powerful full-back who can also play as a centre-half and as a holding midfielder. While it remains to be seen if the Gunners boss will permanently employ the new formation, it certainly looks like preparations are being made to bring in players who are more likely to fit into that system.