Kolasinac wont remain with Schalke
Arsenal left-back Sead Kolasinac will not return to Schalke next season.
The club were relegated from the Bundesliga and announced that both the Bosnian international and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar would be unable to continue with the club.
A statement on the website read:
In the past few days, the sporting management has again intensively examined the current framework of squad planning and its development and has come to the conclusion that the engagements of Sead Kolasinac and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will not be continued.
Furthermore, the club’s director of sport Peter Knäbel admitted that they had little choice to let both Kolasinac and Huntelaar leave the club.
“This decision hurts us both in sport and human terms,” he said. “In view of the current budget and squad structure – all the known and publicly discussed challenges – there was no alternative. We have to be so honest.”
“In view of the short preparation and the early start of the season, we cannot afford a week-long hang-up game either, but have to make decisions for Schalke 04 now. That’s why we decided on this clear cut.”
Wir wünschen euch nur das Beste, Seo & Hunter!
— FC Schalke 04 (@s04) June 3, 2021
Kolasinac will now return to north London where his future will be decided.
Could Kolasinac stay at Arsenal?
Arsenal themselves have an issue in the left-back area of their squad.
When Kolasinac left, the club failed to bring in a covering option for Kieran Tierney. Inevitably he got injured in the latter part of the season and Granit Xhaka deputised in the role, which did not turn out successfully.
This summer, the Gunners have already been linked with a move for Southampton’s departing Ryan Bertrand however it seems Leicester City have taken the lead in the race for the former England international.
Ryan Bertrand to Leicester City is ‘ongoing’ as widely reported.
Doesn’t look like at this stage that Josh Doig will be heading to Arsenal. #AFC
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) May 28, 2021
This therefore bears the question should Arsenal not simply hold onto him for his final year if, and only if, no sensible alternative arises.
Arsenal’s technical director Edu appeared to speak highly of Kolasinac when he left the club temporarily in January. But also hinted a back-up role is not sufficient for the player.
‘Sead needs to be playing regularly, so we have decided together that a move back to Germany with Schalke will benefit him at this moment,’ said Edu.
‘We will be keeping in close contact with Sead, and wish him huge success for the remainder of the season with Schalke.’
The fact of the matter is however that Arsenal should be looking to acquire a solid cover at the left-back position and moving on Kolasinac is the right move. However, not if it leaves the club short once again.
Arteta reveals he is confident Saka will be available for West Brom and remains coy on Kolasinac exit
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