Sead Kolasinac says goodbye to Arsenal as he returns to Schalke 04

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Sead Kolasinac has said goodbye to his teammates at Arsenal as he agreed to return to FC Schalke 04 on a 6-month long loan spell.

The 27-year-old Bosnia-Herzegovina left-back started his football career at the youth level of the club before he was promoted to play in the club’s senior team on July 1, 2012.

After five years in the German Bundesliga playing for Schalke 04, Kolasinac joined Arsenal for free on July 1, 2017. Before then, he made 123 appearances for the German club, scoring 13 goals and providing 4 assists.

Since Sead Kolasinac joined Arsenal in 2017, he has made 113 appearances in all competitions, scoring 5 goals and providing 15 assists. However, so far in the 2020-2021 season, coach Mikel Arteta has shown that the left-back is not part of his plans for this season.

The 27-year-old has only managed to make one league appearance under Arteta this season. But he has made 4 appearances in Europa League, one in EFL Cup, and one in Community Shield, scoring no goal and providing no assist.

Before FC Schalke 04 released €2.20 million to bring him back to German Bundesliga on a 6-month loan, he has helped Arsenal to win two FA Community Shield and one FA Cup.

Sead Kolasinac in action for Arsenal.
Sead Kolasinac in action for Arsenal.

“I wish my team all the best for the next six months! Thanks for everything! Stay strong, stay safe, and stay healthy”, Sead Kolasinac tweeted after he signed the loan deal.

While Arsenal technical director Edu said: “Sead needs to be playing regularly, so we have decided together that a move back to Germany with Schalke will benefit him at this moment.

“We will be keeping in close contact with Sead, and wish him huge success for the remainder of the season with Schalke.”

Sead Kolasinac’s loan move came days after Mikel Arteta revealed that before Arsenal can bring in new players, the club has to let go of some players at the club. Hence, the Bosnia-Herzegovina international is one of the players that must make way for new players ahead of the 2021 January transfer window.

Kolasinac still has until June 2022 before his contract with Arsenal will expire which means that he still has more time to prove his worth to Mikel Arteta.