The Bosnian international, 23, will officially join the Gunners when the transfer window opens on July 1 having agreed to sign on a free transfer from Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04 earlier in the week – thus becoming the club’s first new addition of the summer.
Despite having spent his entire senior career in Germany, Kolasinac has gained quite the number of nicknames in his home country of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Three to be exact; ‘The Destroyer’, ‘The Tank’ and ‘The Bosnian Hulk’.
In an interview with Arsenal’s official website, Kolasinac revealed which of the many nicknames he prefers: “Yeah, in Bosnia that’s what they call me.
“Personally I like being referred to as ‘Seo’, which is my nickname.
“I’d be pleased if the lads here called me that.”
#SquawkaScout: Sead Kolasinac. 👀
52 tackles won 👊
45 crosses 🎯
37 fouls ⚠️
5 assists 🅰️
3 goals ⚽️
New club: Arsenal. 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/OdWpoUkdcY
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 6, 2017
Kolasinac’s arrival means he will provide additional competition to Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal in the left wing-back role should manager Arsene Wenger stick with the 3-4-2-1 system which served the squad so well during the closing stages of the season.
A good reader of the game and strong in the air, the defender recorded 78 interceptions and won 44 headed duels across 25 games in the top flight of German football for Schalke this season.
Furthermore, he’s just as effective going forward as he is defending. He scored three goals, weighed in with five assists – no player across the entire Die Knappen squad produced more – and completed 41% of attempted take-ons.