Arsenal’s first new signing finally confirmed

Arsenal have supposedly wrapped up their first signing of the summer, by reaching a pre-contractual agreement with a player who will be a free signing on the 30th June.

Schalke left back Sead Kolasinac has reportedly signed a pre contract with the Gunners which will see him swap Germany for England this summer on a free transfer. The Bosnian international has been in fine form for his current club this season and has impressed many with his efforts both in defence and attack. He forms a very similar approach to players like Monreal and Gibbs already, but could probably be easily utilised as a left wing back if a 343 is Arsenal’s intended formation for next season.

The transfer report, which is being made by SkySports, states that the player will officially join Arsenal on the 1st of July, where he will link up with his new teammates ahead of the Gunners’ pre-season tour. Kolasinac reportedly refused to sign a new contract with Schalke, several times throughout the season, despite their best efforts to negotiate. It seems that the player had his heart set on a move away to pastures new and although some will argue that Arsenal probably don’t offer too much more than Schalke competitively, there’s little doubt in which club has the better and more exciting team.

Based on current form, the 23 year old would most certainly replace Gibbs in the starting line-up in a left back position, but as for Monreal I’m not so sure. Monreal has made great strides during his Arsenal career and has become a very reliable defender with plenty of experience. I think given the Spaniard’s age and the possibility he will soon see his squad role limited at Arsenal, a signing like Kolasinac isn’t a bad deal for the Gunners. Making a free transfer cannot be scrutinised and so although a left back may not be the most pressing concern at the club, it’s still good to see that Wenger and co are already making moves ahead of what is going to be a very busy summer with plenty of change.

As a free transfer, you cannot get much more of a better deal financially, however whilst the report remains unconfirmed by, it’s unlikely we’ll find much financial information surrounding a weekly wage, length of contract or signing on fee.

Will Kolasinac be a good signing?



  1. dragunov762mm says:

    OT. Europa league is in the air.
    Even if we win against Everton, we still hope for big miracle that the relegation side Boro will at less hold Liverpool at Anfield.
    Even the routine Wenger Trophy looks too good for us now. My oh my…

    1. Dragon says:

      What gooners call double is 4th place trophy and FA Cup

  2. Joseph says:

    Good to start these signing before the market gets congested; but we must be targeting world-class egos atleast not less than 3 If we are to compete against big 5: man City, Chelsea, man u, Liverpool and spurs this coming czon.

  3. ArseOverTit says:

    Good (if true). Better than the normal transafer inactivity and lethargy at AFC (if true). Yes I put that twice.

    But has Wenger left yet?

    1. Quantic Dream says:

      How is this any different from the usual? We normally make one early signing at the beginning of the transfer window (e.g Xhaka, Gervinho, Chamakh, Sanchez) then we make the rest of our transfers on deadline day once we lose a couple of games.(e.g Ozil, Andre Santos, Chu Yung Park, Mertesacker, Mustafi)

  4. Billy Bob Bolton says:

    The first sentence of this article contradicts the headline! ‘Signing confirmed’ and ‘supposedly wrapped up signing’ are completely different. It’s not confirmed until Arsenal say it is and so far they have said absolutely nowt!

    1. SynthiagoCazorla_Hvman_Machine says:

      Well maybe the headline should have read: “Arsenal’s first new signing confirmed by Skysports”.

      But we all know Sead is an Arsenal player.

  5. Kedar Damle says:

    Before getting into transfers we need to look at some of our players who would be in their final year of the Contract… Ramsey, Sanchez, Ozil… May Be Cazorla as well.. Wilshere… We need to sign them contract extension as well…..

  6. gotanidea says:

    I read he excels physically, but not standout technically. It seems Arsenal will use him like Monreal, switching between central defender and wingback. I hope he is a good defender that has good anticipation and can help us to build the attack from the back.

    His signature will also mean one or more of our defenders will be let go. I think it would be Mertesacker, Debuchy and Gabriel.

  7. SynthiagoCazorla_Hvman_Machine says:

    For me, everything about Arsenal next season will depend on Alexis’s decision in the summer. My view isn’t just based on the importance of his obvious talents alone, but… his next line of action -whether he chooses to stay or to go- will speak volumes about how ambitious this club truly is.

    Imagine if -for whatever reason at all- Alexis stays on for next season.. what we that tell you about the club?

    1. ArseOverTit says:

      It would show..That they are ready to pay one man what he demands in order to fool the fans they actually HAVE ambition. While the observant amongst us know they don’t because they haven’t and don’t need to whilst the ‘bucks’ keep rolling in.

    2. Patrick O'Neill says:

      Alexis will stay if the money is right. Rooney is on 300 a week, why not AS. Sod what the other players think. Wenger should tell them they are being paid over the odds. Pay AS 300 and he will stay.

  8. Robert Newton says:

    I have never seen him play hopefully he is better than Gibbs and Monreal.

  9. Yossarian says:

    Nice to get a transfer (Supposedly) done early in the window, in a position that needs decent competition and/or back-up/long-term replacement for Monreal, especially as the Jury is still out on Gibbs in the long-term.

    But we’ve seen one transfer done early in the window before, only to be followed-up with very little afterwards. It’s a good start, but we’ve had so many disappointing transfer windows, that we all know this pattern and how it plays out.

    Fingers-crossed it will be different this time, but I won’t be holding my breath. Would love to be proved wrong.

  10. Martin says:

    We’ve heard this before about us supposedly already signed a player. Let’s wait until the club announces it not just some report on a news channel……

  11. gooner4life says:

    the most important transfer would be to sign a new manager and coach who have more ambition than finishing 4th every year. Does anyone else agree?

    1. Not this year 5th more likely…………..don’t bother me with these signings, let me know when Le Fraud signs 2 or 3 WC players or even better when AFC signs Simeone or Allegri

  12. dennis the menace says:

    but without champions league and our recent history of not winning anything worthwhile in years would any world class talent be wanting to come to us

  13. funkyrith says:

    Now start believing, we will not play C’League next year. In such a case, we dont need a huge squad. We need a top 15 individuals, and dont expect world class talent to come to a club wining down the road. So I hope to sell Ozil/Per/Debuchy/Walcott and clear the dead wood, get Alexis and Ramsey what they want, keep Ox, and with less matches to play, we will be good with one top striker. Anyone who earns 150k or more and not in starting eleven regularly does not deserve to stay. Szczęsny must be back and become number one to start with, Ospina already talking to leave. Our academy has grown bad to worse and we dont have supply of gifted talent, this year with less matches, we can invest in youth heavily for once

    1. funkyrith says:

      Per/Debuchy get 70k a week and how many matches they played?Gibbs played at least some matches for his 60k a week. Wilshere is on 90k, how much of it we paid partially last year? Cazorla, though a gr8 player when fit, gets fit rarely, draws 90k. Walcott at 110k and Perez at 70k are disgrace. Ozil is worth 140k that he gets, but expecting 300k for his agility is not worth it.

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