Every Arsenal fan is very aware of the fact that the January Transfer window opens up on January 2nd and goes until February 1. They are also aware that this presents a serious opportunity to do business and continue to rebuild and reshape this team positively. One of the major aspects of that project is moving along the players that just aren’t cutting it, have contracts expiring, or simply are not part of Arsenal’s future.
It’s a very bloated side at the moment and that needs to be addressed in January, in the Summer, and beyond. A lot of this responsibility falls heavy on the shoulders of Edu, especially after Arsenal scalped a massive chunk of their internal organization. Scouting department gone, Huss Fahmy their contract-man gone, Raul gone… the list goes on.
One of the names that is certainly topping that list is Sead Kolasinac. Kolasinac has spent almost the entire season backing up Kieran Tierney and spent a good amount of last season backing up Bukayo Saka.
Today, it has been reported that Kolasinac is likely to get Arsenal’s business kicked off as he returns to the Bundesliga and Schalke 04. Twitter lit up with the news after a statement from Bild that said they can announce Kolasinac is expected to return in the next 1-2 days.
Kolasinac initially came to Arsenal from Schalke and has already made 123 appearances for the German side’s first team.
There was not any official mention of fee or price, those details have yet to emerge. However, there is some suggestion that Kolasinac is taking a wage cut and that Arsenal will pay part of that sum.
What this likely comes down to is the fact that Kolasinac is a back up left back, in a team with others that could certainly do the job if something happened to Tierney, and he is on nearly £100,000k-a-week salary.
Getting him off the books is a very important step to freeing up more funds and this should be looked at as a real positive in my eyes.
If this is the case, Kolasinac will end his time at Arsenal after making 113 appearances for the red and white and collecting 1 FA Cup and 2 Community Shields in his time.