Arsenal: 3 transfers to be completed before signings

Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, Edu Gaspar (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Arsenal, Sead Kolasinac
Arsenal’s German-born Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac (L) vies with Chelsea’s English striker Tammy Abraham (R) during the pre-season friendly football match between Arsenal and Chelsea. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images) /

1. Sead Kolasinac

It is remarkable that Sead Kolasinac is still at the club: high wages, poor on-field performances and clearly not being in the manager’s plans have made the Bosnian’s situation somewhat bizarre. Although those may be the exact reasons he is still here.

His January loan move to Schalke 04 seemed to be the final nail in the coffin for a permanent move in the summer. Not yet.

While it was unlikely that the German side would be able to afford his salary as they edged ever closer to relegation, it was believed that interest would arrive from somewhere, with the Bundesliga being a natural options.

Months later, Kolasinac is still present in every training video published by the Arsenal media team and even played at the Emirates against Chelsea. The left-back’s continued inclusion in the team raises even more questions when considering Arsenal’s recent business.

The now-completed transfer of Nuno Tavares was meant to provide a young backup to the clear starter, Kieran Tierney. In light of this, Kolasinac’s own position as the backup is redundant. Getting another decent transfer fee while eliminating costly wages is the natural next move.

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Arsenal’s squad is sure to undergo more transfers. Outgoing transfers and their importance, however, should not be overlooked in favor of expensive, new shiny signings. Arteta and Edu have much more work to do before this window can be called a success.