Done Deal: Arsenal Signs Sead Kolasinac From Schalke


Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer from Schalke.

A club statement read: “Sead Kolasinac will join us this summer on a long-term contract.

“Subject to the completion of all regulatory processes, the defender will start pre-season training in July.”

His five-year deal is understood to be worth more than £100,000-a-week, according to Mirror.

“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,” said Kolasinac.


“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.”

When asked what he could bring to Arsenal, he told the club’s website: “I think my main strength is my mentality. I’m a player who will try to help the team as well as I can. My strengths are my mentality.

“There are different positions but I think left back is where I feel most comfortable. I can play as part of a three at the back too or further forward. I’m really flexible.”

Kolasinac began his career with his hometown club Karlsruher before having a brief spell with Stuttgart and then joined Schalke.

The talented full-back made his debut for Schalke back in 2012 in a 2-0 win over Greutjer Furth.

The Bosnia international’s arrival means that Gibbs, 27, is likely to leave as he has just 12 months remaining on his current deal.

And Kolasinac, 23, offers a strong option in the position if Wenger decides to retain the 3-4-3 next season.