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Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac is nearing a return to his former club Schalke, according to reports from Sky Sports and BILD.

The Bosnian joined Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal as a free agent in the summer of 2017. The Gunners had to pay him a lot of money in wages then and that has made things difficult for the current regime.

Kolasinac has slowly dropped down the pecking order over the last year. Kieran Tierney is Arsenal’s undisputed first-choice left-back now and he fully deserves that spot.

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That is bad enough for the former Schalke man but the fact that Mikel Arteta prefers Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Bukayo Saka over the Bosnian makes things worse. That has forced Kolasinac to look for a way out, and it looks like he has got his wish.

Kolasinac has agreed to take a pay cut to return to Schalke

The reports claim that Schalke are very close to signing the full-back on loan until the end of the season. Kolasinac has agreed to take a pay and his remaining salary will be split between the two clubs.

The Bosnian knows Schalke very well. He spent seven years there and made a fantastic name for himself. The Royal Blues are in deep trouble at the moment after what has been a woeful start to the season.

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Schalke are rock bottom having picked up just four points from their opening 13 league games. Kolasinac’s arrival is viewed by many as a big boost to their survival hopes, and the move is the best thing for all parties involved.

It is claimed that almost everything has been agreed between the two clubs and Kolasinac. The move is expected to be made official in a couple of days which would mean that Arsenal have started the January transfer window brilliantly.

We need to get rid of multiple players to free up space for new arrivals. Kolasinac’s departure is a big plus before the window has even opened, and hopefully, Edu can ship the likes of Mesut Ozil and Sokratis Papastathopoulos out as well.

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