Kolasinac to leave Arsenal this summer as Arteta continues squad overhaul

Sead Kolasinac celebrates v Arsenal

If the latest transfer rumours are to be believed, it is going to be an incredibly busy summer in North London.

With the announcement of the release of Brazilian centre-back David Luiz having been followed by the suggestion from transfer guru Fabrizio Romano that Willian may not be too far behind, Arsenal are now beginning to look like a side with the “ruthless” edge that Mikel Arteta demanded in a recent press conference.

And it seems that the clearout will not end there; Sead Kolasinac, on loan at now-relegated FC Schalke, is expected to follow the Brazilian pair out of the Emirates exit door this summer. Contracted until 2022, the Bosnian international has not played in the Premier League for the Gunners since September 2020, and was loaned out in January despite being Arsenal’s only natural cover for Scotsman Kieran Tierney.

Arsenal have been linked with Ryan Bertrand, set to be a free agent ahead of his contract’s expiry at Southampton, but it appears they will lose the race for the veteran’s signature to FA Cup holders Leicester City.

Other options include current Hibernian left-back Josh Doig, who could offer competent cover for a number of years, and has the advantage of age on his side. Although he would count as a homegrown player, the fact that the stopper is under 21 would mean Arsenal wouldn’t need to register him in their 25-man Premier League squad, which would allow space for more players to be registered in his stead.

No matter who Arsenal sign at left-back, though, it appears that Kolasinac is firmly on his way out of the club, if Arsenal can find a suitor to accommodate his high wages, believed to be around £100,000-per-week. Having failed to impress during his latest loan spell, it is possible that Arsenal may be forced to mutually terminate the Bosnian’s contract, as proved the case with Sokratis in the January window.

Either way, it appears clear that Mikel Arteta’s major squad overhaul is well underway.


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This article was edited by
Conor Laird.

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