Why it’s time for Arsenal to part ways with Sead Kolasinac

According to Sport Bild (h/t Football.london), Bayer Leverkusen could make an offer for Sead Kolasinac of Arsenal in January. The defender was linked with a move back to Germany through the summer but ended up staying. Nonetheless, another move from Leverkusen could be on the horizon as January approaches.

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The 27-year-old Bosnian left-back started his youth career at FSSV Karlsruhe in 1999 and moved to the youth team in 2001. In the next few seasons, he progressed through the youth teams before being promoted to the U-17s.

He switched to VfB Stuttgart in 2010 but only for a few months as he finally settled in at Schalke’s youth team. In 2012, he was promoted to the senior side and went on to make 123 appearances for them. During that time, he scored 4 goals and assisted 13 more (source – Transfermarkt).

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GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY – MAY 21: Sead Kolasinac of Schalke is seen after the 20 years of Eurofighter match between Eurofighter and Friends and Euro All Stars at Veltins Arena on May 21, 2017 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Arsenal signed him on a free transfer after his contract with the German side expired in 2017. Since then, he has made over 100 appearances for the Gunners, contributing to 20 goals (5 goals + 15 assists). Kolasinac played for the German youth sides before switching allegiances to Bosnia & Herzegovina. He has 31 caps to his name for the national side so far.

Arsenal should accept any offer for Kolasinac

When Kolasinac was signed, it was seen as a real coup by Arsene Wenger and the club. A young and well-built defender arrived on a free transfer. He quickly settled at the club.

However, as time went on, Kolasinac started performing below par. He has now reached a level where he has been nothing short of poor. Arsenal went ahead and signed Kieran Tierney last season and since then, he has shown that he is ready to be the club’s first choice.

Sead Kolasinac has fallen down the pecking order under Mikel Arteta (Getty Images)
Sead Kolasinac has fallen down the pecking order under Mikel Arteta (Getty Images)

There has also been the emergence of wing-back Bukayo Saka, who has taken the team by storm. Add to that, Arteta using Ainsley Maitland-Niles as a left wing-back and you have a lot of players vying for the same position.

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Amidst all this, Kolasinac is the odd one out. While his attacking prowess is solid, he is defensively very suspect. Featuring in just one league game this season so far, it looks like Kolasinac’s time at the club could be coming to an end and rightly so.

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