It looks increasingly likely that Arsene Wenger will stay at Arsenal, following news the club are closing on what will be their first signing of the summer.
It has been widely reported that the Gunners are close to landing Schalke left fullback Sead Kolasinac, who will be a free agent when his current contract at the German club expires in the coming weeks. The 23-year-old Bosnia international is believed to have agreed a five-year deal with the Premier League side, and his arrival will be formally sealed when the window reopens.
It is no surprise to anyone that Kolasinac is leaving the Bundesliga club, whose fans held up a banner thanking him for his six-year service after their final home game of the season. The 6ft player has made over 120 appearances in all competitions for Die Konigsblauen, and he will next season battle Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs for a regular place in Wenger’s starting XI.
And this deal is the firmest sign yet that the Frenchman will remain in the dugout for at least another season. The 67-year-old has come in for some fierce criticism in recent times for his failure to mount a serious title bid with the Gunners, although he could yet rescue something from the current campaign if he leads the side to a top-four finish and FA Cup glory over Chelsea.