According to numerous reports in the English media, Arsenal have reached an agreement with the Schalke 04 left-back Sead Kolasinac to move to the Emirates for next season. While the North London side are yet to officially confirm the signing, it is more or less an open secret with various sources like the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Metro and the reliable Sky Sports all reporting that the deal has been done.
So with a highly-rated and much-coveted left-back coming into the side, it remains to be seen which one of our two left-backs will be leaving the club. Arsene Wenger stated last week that he intends on retaining the services of all members of the ‘British Core’ and also specifically mentioned Kieran Gibbs as one of the players he is looking to tie down on a new contract at the Emirates.
Considering that the Arsenal boss has confirmed that Kieran Gibbs will be getting a new deal and the arrival of Sead Kolasinac, that means our first-choice left-back at the moment, Nacho Monreal, is on his way out. The Spaniard has had a largely mediocre campaign and considering Wenger’s policy in regards to players who are above the age of 30, it really does look like the Former Malaga man is on his way out.
Despite Gibbs failing to live up to his potential even after five years in the first-team setup, it appears Wenger is willing to give the Englishman more time to establish himself in the Gunners starting XI. Considering that Gibbs is still relatively young and qualifies as a homegrown player, it makes sense for the club to try and retain his services. But until he can establish himself, the signing of Bosnian international Sead Kolasinac comes as a more immediate solution at the left-back position.