It all started with a post, or maybe two, from Sead Kolasinac’s teammate, Max Meyer, on Instagram LIVE.
#YaGunnersYa, a hashtag used by Mesut Ozil on Twitter, more times than the amount of goals Yaya Sanogo scored in his entire career.
Many speculated, the media vultures did their bit and after a number of reliable sources published pretty much the same news, it was simply a case of waiting for Arsenal to confirm the signing of their new Bosnian left back, Sead Kolasinac. I’m not an avid fan of the Bundesliga but I learned that he was in the Team of the Year last season with three goals and seven assists to his name in the campaign. The YouTube video below offers some insight on what to expect from the lad.
At 23, he’s certainly one for the future but his arrival has more or less confirmed the end of the road for Kieran Gibbs with Nacho Monreal stating that he wants to spend three more years with the club,
“I am very happy at Arsenal and I feel important because Wenger has shown me confidence.
“I have two years left to contract, an optional third, and the idea is to stay there. I am aware that football can change, but I’m playing and in my head, the idea is to stay.”
Monreal has been a symbol of consistency at the club and he has proven himself well as a left back, left wing back and in some cases, as an adept center back. In Kolasinac, Arsenal has a full back at the right age that can understudy and challenge Monreal for his place in the squad and as we know, competition brings out the best in footballers.
The lad had some nice things to say as he confirmed his move to North London,
“It feels really good and I’m pleased to be here. I’m happy to have signed at Arsenal for five years and I’m really pleased. Arsenal has a huge tradition and I followed the club as a young boy, in the days of Jens Lehmann and Thierry Henry. Arsenal has always been a club that is well recognised in Europe and I’m pleased to be here.”
One thing I noticed about Kolasinac is how bulky he is, and in a division like the Premier League, his strength can come in handy as he shove right wingers off the ball with consummate ease. Good stuff. The lad also stated that his greatest strength is his ‘mentality’ and we would get a glimpse of that in the 2017/18 season.
With Kolasinac in the bag, let’s remain hopeful that there would be more quality additions to the squad. You can watch his first interview with the club (via Arsenal.com) to get a feel of our shiny new toy.
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