Across the entire squad, nobody is more expendable. There are plenty who also fit into that bracket as their sales or eventual departures may not have any lasting impact on the squad or indeed force further action in the transfer window, but none of them are Kolasinac.
Currently third choice left-back, having been bizarrely given another chance in the Premier League against Manchester City in favour of Pablo Mari, that’s a mistake Mikel Arteta won’t make again. It’s one he shouldn’t have made at all, but that’s another topic for debate.
Efforts were made to shift the Bosnian on in the summer window. Depending on which source you believe there were either disputes over how much of a payout the defender wanted to have his contract cancelled, or there not being enough willing buyers.
Arsenal to finally make needed January transfer move as Sead Kolasinac is wanted by Fenerbahce on free deal after contract termination
Whatever the reasons for a solution not being made he’s stayed put, making two appearances so far. The ‘so far’ doesn’t imply he’ll be making any more. Preferably.
Turkey looks like being the inevitable destination for him and Yeni Asir in Turkey claim quite confidently that Fenerbahce, who held interest back in the summer, ‘will sign’ Kolasinac once the January window opens. There are ‘insistent’ this time.
Citing an issue in their current 3-4-2-1 system, the 28-year-old is seen as the final piece of the puzzle to solve the left wing-back area and the Turkish side aren’t willing to wait until the end of the season to plug that gap.
Of course, it’s not all smooth sailing. As expected, Fenerbahce don’t want to pay a fee for Kolasinac, which Arsenal won’t be overly concerned about as they’d just rather get his wages off the bill and free up space in the squad early.
It will then come down to a finding an agreement on the termination of his contract again, although having apparently dug their heels in over the Kolasinac camp’s summer demands (if you believe this side of the story) it’s hardly like the Bosnian’s team can ask the same again. Do so and it’s another six months rotting the bench.
This is a move all want to see happen: club(s), player, fans. Talks can take place to ensure that when the window comes this is as close to wrapped up as it can be. Hopefully there are no more twists to come.