Arsene Wenger sends message to Arsenal fans about new signing

Arsene Wenger reveals his delight at seeing Arsenal complete a deal to sign Sead Kolasinac from Schalke

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Arsene Wenger has described Sead Kolasinac as “strong and determined” after Arsenal completed a deal to sign the left-back from Schalke on Tuesday.

The Bosnian defender is set to link up with the Gunners in July after joining the north London side on a free transfer.

Kolasinac becomes Arsenal’s first signing of the summer after Wenger committed his long-term future to Arsenal by signing a new contract last week.

And Wenger is clearly a keen admirer of the 23-year-old defender as he sent a message to Arsenal fans about the transfer.

“He’s very compact as a player, very strong and determined in the challenges,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “He’s good in the air as well, so overall I believe he has all the attributes to adapt to English football.

“The game here is very demanding physically on the commitment front and he has the ingredients to adapt to that.

“What he will give us is the fact that he’s a player who can give assists, who can go forward, who can contribute good crosses.

“It’s very important that we have that as well, because we have Kieran Gibbs, we have Nacho Monreal and we have him. But Nacho plays a lot now in central defence and in a three-man system I see him in there.

“So overall, I think [Kolasinac] can contribute a lot to help us to be more dangerous going forward.”

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Arsenal, who have not won the league since 2004, are believed to be on the lookout of a number of new signings as Wenger looks to transform his team into title challengers next season.

The north London side finished fifth in the Premier League last season but ended the campaign on a high by beating Chelsea to win the FA Cup.

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