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'Thanks for everything': £100,000-a-week man tweets goodbye message to Arsenal fans


Sead Kolasinac has left Arsenal. The Bosnia and Herzegovina international returns to his former club Schalke on loan for the remainder of this season, but it is likely that his future will remain away from the Emirates beyond that as well.

The 27-year-old joined us from Schalke on a free transfer in the summer of 2017. Kolasinac started his Arsenal career really well, but his defensive frailties pushed him down the pecking order.

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Kieran Tierney’s arrival last year made things even more difficult for him. Mikel Arteta has even pushed Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Bukayo Saka ahead of him to fill in at left-back when the Scotsman isn’t available.

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That forced Kolasinac to look for a move away from the club and that is the best thing for all parties involved. He will return to the club he loves and he will be a regular there – unlike at Arsenal where he will be on the bench more often than not.

Allowing him to leave is also hugely beneficial to Arsenal. Our squad is huge at the moment and it was an absolute necessity to offload a few players in order bring someone in next month.

Kolasinac has agreed to take a pay cut to join Schalke

Kolasinac leaving will also get rid of a part of his £100,000-a-week salary, if not all of it. (Spotrac) It has been reported that the Bosnian has even agreed to take a pay cut in order to return to his former club – fair play to him. (Read more)

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The defender will leave Arsenal after playing 113 games for us in all competitions. He scored five times, provided 15 assists and won an FA Cup and two Community Shields during his time here.

Kolasinac is not a player we will miss on the pitch but he has been a model professional. He has never had anything to say to the media even when he was kept away from the squad, and that deserves a ton of credit.

The Bosnian bid farewell to Arsenal fans with a message on Twitter. Here’s what he said.

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