Arsenal kick off summer of rebuilding with powerful defender

London giants Arsenal on Tuesday confirmed that Bosnian full-back Sead Kolasinac will join them on a long-term contract from July.

An official statement on the club’s website said: “Sead Kolasinac will join us this summer on a long-term contract. Subject to the completion of all regulatory processes, the defender will start pre-season training in July.”
The defender has been signed from Bundesliga club Schalke, where he has spent all his professional career till date. The 23-year-old has been brought in as a free transfer.

He has struck four goals in is 122 appearances for the German club and scored the second highest goals for a defender in the 2016-17 Bundesliga season (three goals).

Kolašinac began his career in his hometown club, Karlsruher SC. After eight years of playing for Kalsruhe, Kolasinac joined TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, where he played a season, afterwards being bought by VfB Stuttgart.

Kolašinac’s stay at Stuttgart was short-lived, and a season later, he joined Schalke 04.

Kolasinac has represented Bosnia and Herzegovina in 18 matches. Although the defender was born in France and even played for them at a smaller age, he switched his allegiance to his parents homeland and received his first call up in 2013.

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