Arsenal yesterday confirmed that Sead Kolasinac will join the club on a free transfer on July 1st from Schalke.
The 23 year Bosnian is a no-nonsense left-sided defender, and was named in the Bundesliga team of the season.
He declared himself happy to be moving to London, saying, “It feels really good and I’m pleased to be here. I’m happy to have signed at Arsenal for five years and I’m really pleased.
“Arsenal has a huge tradition and I followed the club as a young boy, in the days of Jens Lehmann and Thierry Henry. Arsenal has always been a club that is well recognised in Europe and I’m pleased to be here.
“Jens Lehmann played at Schalke too, which is where I’ve come from. As a young kid, I followed his career and I always thought he was a good goalkeeper.
“I’ve been able to meet him and looking back, he was a really good goalkeeper.”
And on his playing style and strengths, he said, “There are different positions but I think left back is where I feel most comfortable. I can play as part of a three at the back too or further forward. I’m really flexible.
“I think my main strength is my mentality. I’m a player who will try to help the team as well as I can. My strengths are my mentality.”