Report: Schalke wanted to re-sign Kolasinac

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Report: Sead Kolasinac to join Arsenal on free transfer

According to a couple of reports in Germany, Schalke were interested in re-signing Sead Kolasinac this summer.

Against the backdrop of our pursuit of Kieran Tierney, it was regularly suggested that Kolasinac could be a potential casualty of ‘Raul’s big cull’ but at no point was the left-back seriously linked with clubs either here or abroad.

IKZ claims that Schalke initially showed interest in a reunion with the Bosnian last January and tried again this summer only for the financials of the situation to scupper talks.

The Bosnian joined the Gunners on a free transfer in 2017 after six years at the Veltins-Arena and is understood to be on around £120,000 a week.

Perhaps they were tempted to try their luck in the aftermath of the attempted carjacking that led to an ongoing security situation and forced the Bosnian and Mesut Ozil to sit out the opening game of the season at Newcastle. Who knows.

With three left-backs on the books, Arsenal decided that they could afford to let Nacho Monreal leave instead. Kolasinac is expected to play back-up to Tierney once the Scotland international returns to fitness.

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Toucan Sam
Toucan Sam

“Kolasinac is expected to play back-up to Tierney once the Scotland international returns to fitness” … Really? Source please. I would expect that he will, like everyone else, have to win his place. Tierney will have to adapt, as all other player have had to, upon arriving in England.

BillyBergkamp
BillyBergkamp

Not every signing has to win their place, can’t see that happening with Pepe or Tierney, they have been brought in to improve the first 11 which means they likely start unless their form gets bad enough to warrant being dropped.

TexasGooner6
TexasGooner6

They definitely win their place in training. Pepe didn’t start right away either. Needed a couple of matches and probably some great practice time.

Mistafi
Mistafi

And pepe should be dropped and rightfully if he fails to perform. But wait who is Pepe’s backup?

#Whatsuphun?
#Whatsuphun?

Perhaps the reasoning is based on Tierney being a fullback whereas Kolasinac is a wingback.

atom
atom

Some of the stuff that gets argued about on this site is truly nuts. Yes- Tierney has to come in and beat out Saed – everyone knows that. However since we just spent a lot on Tierney to be our left back for the next 7-10 years, the hierarchy likely believes he is capable of coming in and beating out Saed- particularly as Saed is pretty suspect at defending (good at going forward). It’s the same as saying Pepe is expected to beat out Nelson – given the talent level it’s simply assumed Pepe could do that.

Maul Person
Maul Person

Sead… just saying.

Best of John Lukic
Best of John Lukic

Thanks, Maul Person… /s

Maul Person
Maul Person

👍

Santori
Santori

Sure 25m may suggest so but we will have to see.

There are no absolutes. Sead has improved defensively and can improve further plus as an attacking threat he has been a difference on the left.

No knowing if Tierney will deliver.

Price does not necessarily mean so otherwise you would say we should start Mustafi cos we paid 35m?

You see what I mean. Your argument does not hold water when it doesn’t suit you.

Rob Fontana
Rob Fontana

Oh Lord is that some sense I read?
This is all anyone needs to read here, this and have a small dab of common sense I beg you!

Shtopthelights
Shtopthelights

Kolasinac would play back up to andre santos.
Maybe not but tierney wont have to do much to out perform Sead in that area.

Santori
Santori

YOou want plain nuts read this one…quite obviously he is in the dark.:)

Olivije Žirod
Olivije Žirod

Exactly, some people live in a bubble and think when Tierney comes he will instantly save our problems but at the same time they mock SPL quality. Let’s give him time to adapt and not ruined another player because we pressure them too much.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

Kola is rubbish but we couldn’t sell both him and Monreal. Tierney will be our first choice left back when he fit.

£120k a week for him in wages is a joke: he’s a Championship player. Hopefully we’ll offload him in January any bring in a decent back up left back.

Santori
Santori

Stupid comment.

Sell and have no depth in position.

Lacking in a bit of thought there.

Ordnance Dave
Ordnance Dave

FG you epitomise everything wrong with football fandom at the moment. I remember Kola being our only forward momentum at times last season. He’s not “rubbish”, you and your comments however are seriously up for debate.

Dr. kNOw
Dr. kNOw

Please, please, please! Can we have some perspective when we talk about people’s contributions last season???

The team was horribly unbalanced. Undisputable Fact. There was not enough to work the ball easily to the strikers through lack of quality or inconsistency. From that, Emery felt that the Iwobi-Kola combo was a good way of making inroads in the final third. They were the best of a bad bunch. Iwobi lacked sufficient end product and Kola’s final ball is poor for all his forward momentum.

In fact, that same imbalance exists every time Kola plays. I believe he was a big reason in the decision to play 3 fairly deep DM/CMs in the NLD. He is a liability defensively and doesn’t give anywhere near enough offensively to offset what is lost. That makes him no different from Xhaka.

I wouldn’t call him Championship level, but he’s clearly not good enough for Top 6, whether the team deploys WBs or not.

Let’s not looking at last season’s performances without context.

Paul T
Paul T

Fully agree. I like him as a strong no nonsense player but his all round work ethic and desire to defend is poor. His crossing not much better. Next season it will be Tierney and Joel Lopez. This Spanish kid is special

TOGooner
TOGooner

We signed a better player for a somewhat hefty sum. Who not only is a better defender by all accounts but will fit our play much better than a wingback like kola. U don’t need an arsenal source telling u he will be first choice it’s just very obvious.

Santori
Santori

Sign more fullbacks when we can barely fix Cback. Very clever.

Man
Man

If Tierney isn’t better than old one pace, sleepy McSmashCross, then we’re doomed. Doomed I tell ye.

Santori
Santori

Worry about Sokratis and Sideshowbobmore.

Kolasinac went down the wing well and provided the assist for the disallowed goal amongst others.

He wasn’t culpable for the cock up for the first goal.

1) Sokratis should not have gone to challenge when Granit was already doing so. IN doing so he left space behind. Imagine if this was Mustafi doing this.

2) Luiz was turned (not for the first time) way too easily by Son

3) Leno should have had a stronger grip on a fairly tame effort

4) Sokratis was ball watching and not aware of Erickson for the tap in.

Paul Trainor
Paul Trainor

I agree Sokartis was really poor last week. His aerial judgement and awareness of what was going on around him for the first goal was really shocking. He did not even look over his shoulder to see where Erickson was. For an experience defender that is not good enough. I would like them to give Chambers a try. Holding will move Sokartis to the bench when he is back and eventually Medley will come in.

The discussion is about Saed so deflecting to other ailments does not change that he is not good enough. Xhaka, Mustafi, Sokartis and Saed are not good enough. To be fair the club has shifted a lot of dross and I expect in Jan and next season they will all be gone.

Win,lose or draw Emery remains the wrong choice
Win,lose or draw Emery remains the wrong choice

I would advise kolasinac to hire a personal defensive coach that can help him out after team training and that goes for some of our defenders…. I don’t see bellerin improving us defensively only offensively..i can’t judge Tierney because i’m yet to see him play…..if we are not being hypocritical so many arsenal fans will choose Zouma of last season over holding of last season…that tells you alot…the only defender i can trust in arsenal defensively is Tierney and that is because i haven’t seen him play🤷…..damn it mehn even Leicester defends better than us with an attacking coach and less quality of players!

AFL
AFL

well, I do fully agree with you on Bellerin but he is Blogs absolute favourite and you’ll get downvoted just for daring to compare him to Kolašinac who is scapegoated regularely. comparing stats however shows that there is almost no diffetence between the two of them. Blogs just hates Kolašinac and loves Bellerin ergo the general opinion here is Kolas awfull and we can’t wait for bellerin to be back.

Reality check
Reality check

Kola is better at attacking, bellerin is better at passing – they are both equally not good at defending..

Santori
Santori

You should then advise Sokratis and SideshowBOB to get coaching too because they are way more a liability at the moment.

Gooners & Roses
Gooners & Roses

Should have sold him instead of Nacho. Alas.

Arsene's Zipper
Arsene's Zipper

I like Nacho as much as anyone, but he’s 33 and Sead 26. Arsenal had the opportunity to extract value off a player towards the end of his career and they did, Nacho got to sign a a 2 year contract with Sociedad. Best for all parties involved.

And we got Tierney.

Santori
Santori

Sensible.

Monreal was in shop window.

He is an older player.

As I mentioned, I felt he had one more season left bc he was in better nick than Koscielny.

Given Kolasinac vs Monreal, I would have kept the Bosnian.

He is not anymore or less suspect defensively as the Spaniard and he can still improve plus he adds more going forward.

These older players like Koscielny are struggling. Why we even considered keeping le Boss is beyond me. As I mentioned many times, we should understand that he did us a MASSIVE favour insisting on leaving.

Monreal I would have kept only bc I don;t think we needed to bother with Tierney (good signing that he is)

OUR priorities were at Cback and we needed to plow all resource (and more) into fixing it which we did not.

8m for SideshowBob, 25m for Tierney, 7m (on installmentof 27m) for Saliba adds up to 40m to get us a proper Cback (67m if we factor Saliba’s eventual cost)

And we could have brought in a more ready made player at 20yrs in either of Upamecano or Konate (Liepzig I am sure tempted to surely release one for a bit of dosh)

I don’t know if there was any softening in the quoted 80m ball park price on Upamecano but I felt we could have been creative and thrown Mavropanos (on loan) their way (to also learn from them) and maybe Mhkitaryan for free.

BUT we had jumped the gun an committed to Saliba as is (inexplicably bc no impact to this season and for a younger player with only 19 games under his belt)

In the end we did a PANIC BUY (too many here prefer not to say it bc its inconvenient) with SideshowBob and then put in forTierney(which was decent)

BUT we have NOT fixed anything at the back.

As I mention without Mustafi, we are JUST as equally suspect.

Richard
Richard

who would downvote this? Bosnians perhaps?

Santori
Santori

I am Bosnian. I am also very sensible.

Hantal
Hantal

I’d imagine kola’s wages are going to be an issue for everyone- that’s the disadvantage of a Bosman signing

Santori
Santori

Nah.We just preferred to keep him and sell an older Monreal.

Don’t imagine things.

Reality is a better.

Santori
Santori

I agree with first poster Toucan Sam.

Its stupid to suggest Tierney will automatically be first choice.

Proof is in the pudding. We don’t know if he will deliver or adjust that quickly and Kolasinac can (and has) improve further.

Kolasinac I thought was good against Spurs, didn’t do anything wrong defensively, was alert and got up the flank well creating some of our best chances on overlap including the disallowed goal.

The gaps behind us were a consequence of several things none of which were Kolasinac’s fault :

1) We were on the front foot more than expected.

2) Cback pairing were caught out (LIABLE) for first goal and decided to drop deeper creating a gap between them and the midfield further forward.

3) This deep position with the CBack also partially bc we were wary of their pace on the counter.

If anything as I mentioned before (but some people prefer to conveniently ignore bc it won’t suit their narrative), Granit was key in stopping MANY of the counters bc he was so successful in intercepting the ball aerially in and around the half way line.

9:14; 22:24; 32:25; 52:04; 64:05;68:06; 68:09;72:25
Above All headed intercepts by Granit on half way line with ball recycled back into Spurs half and to teammate to maintain pressure on Spurs.

Had the ball NOT been intercepted (and I have not added in non headed intercepts by him), we would have found ourselves under pressure with Kane and Son against our fragile Cbacks more.

As for Kolasinac, the other thing he did VERY well for us was ball retention under pressure. His unusually tidy and quick feet for a big bloke helped us maintain and gain superior possession and pick our way through Spurs.

This is no surprise particularly with now Pepe and Cebellos added to the mix (plus Lacazette) of players who can dribble.

I think many people here need to check their heads.

Sure Tierney IS a very good signing (if as I mentioned premature bc we should have not been distracted with our mission for a proper Cback) but he is yet to proof his promise.

Until then, Kolasinac looks IMO stronger in long run than Monreal.

Monreal himself has been caught out many times out of position or unable to catch his man (Salah isn’t the quickest)

So lets not try and gloss over one thing and ignore another be facetious and duplicitous.

I call it bullshit.

😉

Santori
Santori

Kolasinac has been one of the better transfers (along with Guendouzi) in Mslintat era.

Free.

Plus with the loss of Iwobi (I would have preferred if we could have kept him), we will need the added attacking weight on the left with Auba or Nelson to be supported by Kolasinac.

Iwobi use to have intuitive understanding with the big Bosnian but very pleasing to see Auba similarly finding him with back flicks etc (Even Mhki played him in for the disallowed goal)

His runs off the ball are very “friendly” to our other players and he whips in the ball (not always but often) with intention (unlike whipping in blind like Jenkinson did)

Ditto AMN on right flank who is still it must be stressed very young and learning his craft in his natural position.

Ainsley also keeps his head up when crossing (another excellent ball this time against Spurs lofted in to Laca for a header early on in second half)

There’s much to be appreciated from these two and they will push Bellerin and Tierney to better heights.

There is no Automatic starter as there SHOULD NOT be.

Maul Person
Maul Person

“Kolasinac has been one of the better transfers (along with Guendouzi) in Mslintat era.”

You lost me here. Tbf, your stock is such that pretty much every post is automatically a down-vote.

“Free”

🤦‍♂️
Free doesn’t guarantee anything in terms of quality. And the fact that we didn’t pay for his services meant that his wages were higher… wages that in no way correlate to his ability.

Santori
Santori

Defensively over the summer Kolasinac’s work has been much more diligent with more awareness of dangers around and tracking back to clear when Cbacks are out of position.

If he needs defensive coaching…errrr so do our Cbacks.

We have a collection of Cbacks none of which are the real deal at the moment.

Case in point (ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM) Liability Luiz.

A waste of 8m IMO and no better than Mustafi except older.

What we really needed was a mobile Cback with Koscielny (rightly) gone.

Instead we have a player who is easily turned or passed and who loses his player (Bunrley with Barnes, penalty Liverpool)

Fullbacks and Kolasinac is the least of our concerns.

We have 6 Cbacks at the moment – Sokratis, Holding, Chambers, SideshowBob, Mustafi, Mavropanos.

Sokratis is probably the most consistent but not as water tight as some would imagine and certainly over committed at Liverpool, is a liability waiting to be discovered with his passion for Greco-Roman wrestling.

Holding is the big hope. We hope he steps up (as I think he will) this season but lest we forget, his convincing performances have hitherto been mainly in a back 3.

Chambers had some positional issues in pre-season (Dembele goal Lyon and Suarez goal Barca) He looked to have improved them but not sure why the gaffer has less confidence in him. Perhaps he is not as strong in the air bc we have lost a bit of aerial assurance without Mustafi and Luiz with his 6’2 frame may have been preferential.

Luiz – I’ve been through. He will have his good days and then the odd clanger which is like someone everyone prefers to blame (but as I have mentioned, our defense has not improved without)

Mustafi – See above.

Mavropanos – Frankly he’s not that young anymore but he is best served out on a VERY strong loan to accelerate his development. Otherwise he has not IMO been wholly convincing to suggest being anywhere near better than Mustafi. the young Greek’s positioning still slightly naive.

So here we are again same silly nonsense by certain people trying to get rid of certain players when others have equal if not more culpability or weaknesses.

How we solve our Cback issue this season remains to be seen.

One thing is clear, SideshowBob is a panic buy band aid and we are far from stronger at the back.

Santori
Santori

Good to have Kolasinac back.

Someone with the guts to defend his mate and missus against some scum with knives deserves respect.

Those pissing on him here clearly not watching the matches properly (They only look out for mistakes by certain players, ignore the positives)

AMN was on receiving end of this rubbish. Superb intercept to set up Auba for the goal earlier this season.

BUT in the tiny minds of these few, there is no such thing as improvement. Everything is an absolute which they judge on herd mentality.

I’d advise them to watch the games again with a proper open mind.

Don’t be so mentally inflexible.

Maul Person
Maul Person

He deserves respect for the act of defending himself, his possessions, his missus, absolutely… but in NO way should that automatically translate to giving him respect on the field. If he wants respect for his performance, then he needs to perform. As a LWB / LB. Simple. Conflating the two shows your ridiculous bias.

Maul Person
Maul Person

…and lack of objectivity.

Wolfgang
Wolfgang

He did reasonably well in the game though the same cannot be said of the
defence.I don’t know but Arsenal’s patient and laborious build up allows opposing
defences to regroup and yet Emery still persists Wenger style to thread theball
ball through a massed defence to shoot.
The latest UEFA analysis of the cl final praised Liverpool for the speed and intensity
of the their attack.These two traits were enough to win the final.
Perhaps Emery van figure out something from the report.
Remember speed and high intensity and not patient time consuming build up with
emphasis on ball retention.