Why Arsenal signing Kolasinac early is a good thing

After months of speculation and numerous reports in the media, Arsenal have finally announced the club’s first signing of the summer. The Gunners’ have released a statement saying that the Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac has joined the club on a long-term deal. Kolasinac, who’s contract at the Veltins Arena expired over the summer, has joined on a free transfer.

Arsenal’s official confirmation further goes on to state that the player will start pre-season training in July along with his new teammates subject to the completion of all regulatory procedures. The signing comes as a huge boost for the Gunners considering that the Bosnian is widely regarded as the best left-back in the Bundesliga, which is backed up by the player’s inclusion in the Bundesliga Team of the Season this term.

In my opinion, this is a massive step forward for Arsenal. Apart from being a quality left-back, Kolasinac is also a versatile player capable of playing at centre-back and in defensive midfield. The 23-year-old is known for his strength, speed and aggression and will bring a level of tenacity and leadership to the Gunners’ defence, which could use all of those attributes and more at the moment.

But what makes me most happy about the announcement is that its come so early. Arsenal have left it late too often in the transfer window, with last season being a prime example of it. With Kolasinac being confirmed so early on in the summer, one can only hope that Wenger will swoop for the rest of his targets quickly as well. A full pre-season for our new signings along with their new teammates will help them settle in faster and build the platform for the team to start the season strong.



  1. Yes it is and it feels nice that a very early signing is already in the bag and i wish the new player good luck. Henry will be next i think.

  2. center forward central midfield right winger to replace ozil and we are good to go sell bellerin replace him with Campbell premier league and Champions League here we go

    1. I was one of the ones who thumbed you down.

      Not because of Ozil, who I too was seriously unimpressed with last season. I agree we need a CF, a CM, but if I was bringing in a right winger it would be Walcott that he’s replacing. I didn’t thumb you down for that though.

      It was because Bellerin is still at an age when players are described as one to watch, but he already displaced a full French international and ruined that players confidence in the process. He also got crowned fullback of the season last summer, a title people are bigging up Kolasinac because of, but Bellerin was younger and in a tougher league.

  3. Great news and should only be the start for it to be a great summer…The ball is in Wenger’s court. If he let go of players that should not be in the team come next season in order to free up wages as well add to his war chest of a rumoured 150m pounds. This will allow him to rebuild this squad in a proper and take this team to the next level with 3 or 4 more signings (including a keeper in there, my vote going to Szczęsny who has grown leaps and bounds and is only 27).
    Players like:
    1) Forwards: Giroud, Walcott, Perez
    2) Defenders: Jenkinson, Debuchy, Gibbs, Mertesacker
    3) Midfielder: Wilshere
    4) Goalkeeper: Ospina
    Big decisions indeed. Those names are of course my personal opinion based on underachievement when touted as big time talent, lack of production, too many injuries, overpaid for the overall talent and when you take into account what the club is “trying” to achieve. Wilshere for me is the most sad of them all, such a talent and one of my favourite player when healthy with Arsenal at his hearth. But decisions like this should leave out of the equation any feelings and be ruthless.

  4. I see Kolasinac getting bookings regularly like Xhaka until he finds his strides in the EPL. When this does happen, do no slate him cos he will come good in due time.

    1. I like when they lay down a marker, telling everyone to back off. Players who don’t will get tested to see if he’s a shrinking violet.

  5. I have looked at kolasinac in many videos now and he reminds me physically like petit but with a bit more pace. When we bought petit he was playing cb and lb, I just wonder if Saed could end up being that Dm like petit did? I know primarily we have bought him because of his exploits as a wing back, but with Cohen Bramall only a year younger, he could yet progress to a level where we might end up seeing Monreal lcb, Saed dm and Bramall lwb.

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