Arsenal have announced the transfer completion of left-back Sead Kolasinac from Schalke on a five-year contract.
Kolasinac will also be the first addition to the club this summer as he joined the Gunners.
The 23-year-old will join the club on a free transfer when his Schalke deal expires, as he has chosen the North Londoners over AC Milan and Everton.
“I’m happy to have signed at Arsenal for five years and I’m really pleased,” Kolasinac told Arsenal’s official website.
“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.”
Arsenal said in a statement:
“Subject to the completion of all regulatory processes, the defender will start preseason training in July.”
Arsenal also twitted with their official twitter handle
�� @Rambsiee #WelcomeKolasinac pic.twitter.com/uaYX5O3QKo
– Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) June 6, 2017
The newly signed left-back will help Arsene Wenger strengthen his defense and also will provide competition for both Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs.
Gibbs future at Arsenal is currently complicated as its unknown. But Monreal has said that he wants to stay at Arsenal for the remainder of his contract even with the arrival of the Bosnia and Herzegovina international.
“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,” he said.
“I think my main strength is my mentality. I’m a player who will try to help the team as well as I can.”
Kolasinac also took to Facebook to say goodbye to the Schalke supporters.
“Hi friends, hi fans,” he wrote.
“There’s been a lot of discussions and talk over the past few weeks. My contract with my mates at Schalke is set to expire this month and I had a lot of sleepless nights in the past few months as I weighed up my options. Because, to be honest: You are incredible! It’s unbelievable how you backed me in the last couple of years. And I thank you for that.
“All of the Ruhrpott [Ruhr Area] was incredible. And I have become one of yours in the past six years, starting with the under-19 championship up until today. Everyone who lost his heart to the Pott will become a part of it and never forget his home away from home.
“Like I’ve said, I was torn in the past months. But I have now made up my mind, and you deserve to hear it from me: I will continue my career in London at Arsenal FC. It hurts to leave Gelsenkirchen, but Arsenal and Arsene Wenger offer me the chance to show myself in an international competition.
“Every boy has to leave his home one day to breathe new life into him. And I had several financially good offers already in the past winter. I turned down everything, and I always was open towards my club, and I struggled with how my career should continue. You all know that I had a minor injury, but I fought for my club in every match to realise the maximum success at Schalke.
“Schalke 04 will remain in my heart. And I thank you. I thank you for your encouragement, your love, the strength you have given to me. I will never forget this in my life. I promise you that much. I made many, many people here who I now call my friends. And I would like to thank one in particular, who has been much more than just a friend because he shaped me into the one I am on the pitch today: [Schalke academy coach] Norbert Elgert! Thank you! And I will definitely visit you if I am fortunate enough to play in Germany with the Gunners one day. Your Seo.”
Schalke added on their Twitter account:
“Good luck in the future and thank you for six great years.”
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