In case you didn’t know, Arsenal signed Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer from FC Schalke this morning. Shortly after the announcement, the 23-year-old German-born Bosnia and Herzegovina international took to Facebook to thank his fans and talk about the move.
Dear friends and fans, lately much has been said about my future career. I made a decision and I want you to hear from me.
As you know my contract at Schalke expires and I have spent many sleepless nights thinking where to continue my career. In the last six years, since I played for the U19 team Schalke, I became one of you. I take this opportunity to thank my mentor Norbert Elgert who did the key things to shape my life and career.
Consequently, my decision is to continue my career in London, namely Arsenal.
I’m very sad to be leaving Gelsenkirchen, but Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger offered me a great opportunity to prove myself at the global level.
Lately I have had several very tempting offers from the greatest European clubs, I have declined them all.
As you know, over the past few months I struggled with some injuries but I gritted my teeth and give the maximum in every game for his club in order to achieve better results.
Schalke 04 leaves a big mark in my career and more importantly - forever.
And it’s an interesting message indeed, especially the specific emphasis on Arsene Wenger's involvement in helping bring the player to Arsenal instead of one of his other European rivals. Say what you want negatively about the way Wenger coaches, or his tactics, or his tendency to display a stereotypical French attitude in the face of crisis, there is a reoccurring theme with new players and the reason they join Arsenal: the reason they chose Arsenal over other clubs is Arsene Wenger nearly every single time.
This summer is crucial for Arsenal and their recruitment of quality players to challenge the Premier League title and regain Champions League status once again, and to see Kolasinac - a man wanted by rival manager Pep Guardiola - say that about Wenger says a lot about the reasons why the club wanted to extend Wenger, regardless of mounting fan criticism of the manager. And Wenger himself is more than likely to be the reason why the rest of the summer signings end up choosing Arsenal above others.
This, my friends, is a good problem to have.