Where is Mr. Kolasinac, Marseille's new recruit?

Where is Mr. Kolasinac, Marseille’s new recruit?

Released by Arsenal, Sead Kolašinac joined OM on Tuesday for a year and a half. The 28-year-old Bosnian international, left-back coach, is out of the competition. He’s only played five games this season in England, where he’s been no-go for months.

Good market opportunity? Olympique de Marseille formalized the signature of Bosnian international Saad Kolasinac (43 caps) on Tuesday evening. The 28-year-old defender was committed to Marseille until June 2023, and was at the end of his contract with Arsenal, who agreed to release him six months earlier. Accordingly, the operation was concluded without compensation for the transfer. “I can’t wait to take on new challenges in the most beautiful city in France,” the player, the second winter recruit in OM after Cedric Bakambu, wrote on Instagram.

Besides the fact that it’s a free transfer, Sead Kolašinac’s arrival has another point in common with Cédric Bakambu’s: doubts about the player’s form. The Congolese striker arrived in Marseille without playing since August. The Bosnian defender has made just five leg matches since the start of the season.

Five goals conceded at the start of the league only

But this total number of five appearances is misleading. Two of them are actually just a few seconds away from play. On October 30, he only played overtime in the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester (2–0 win). On 9 January, for his return to competition after an ankle injury kept him out for two whole months, Mikel Arteta brought him in after the end of regulatory time against Nottingham Forest (FA Cup third round, 1–0 loss). It was his last match with Arsenal.

For the other three matches played since this summer, it’s not much better. On August 28 for the third day of the tournament, he participated in the total shock against Manchester City, as a central defender in a 5-4-1. The result was amazing: 5-0 for Team Skyblues. The other two matches were the League Cup.

Disastrous return to Schalke

In fact, Sead Kolašinac has been out of Mikel Arteta’s plans for a year and a half. The Spanish coach had only given him one PL match in the first half of the 2019-20 season. Then the Karlsruhe (Germany) national took advantage of the winter transfer window to go on loan to Schalke 04, which he left at the end of his contract to join Arsenal.

In Gelsenkirchen, the captain’s armband was handed over to him on the spot. He was not only used as a left press, which is his favorite position, but also as a midfielder. With him, Schalke, who was already in great difficulty, won only two league matches and finished last in the Bundesliga.

Low record at Arsenal

Finally, 2018-2019 is the left-back’s last satisfactory season, and it’s more comfortable attacking than defense. Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League and reached the Europa League final (4-1 defeat against Chelsea). He distributed nine assists this year.

In four and a half seasons with Arsenal, Kolašinac played 118 matches (5 goals and 15 assists). But his presence in the club will be compatible with the period of deteriorating results. For the fans, his passing was marked above all by his professionalism, but also for his extra sporting courage in July 2019. While outing in North London, the person nicknamed “The Tank” protected Mesut Ozil during an attack perpetrated by individuals armed with bladed weapons. In the uncertainty about pure football qualities, OM therefore knows she can count on a real locker room man.

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