Edu explains why Arsenal have let Sead Kolasinac rejoin Schalke on loan

Sead Kolasinac looks on during Arsenal's Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna
Sead Kolasinac has completed a six-month loan move from Arsenal to Schalke (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal technical director Edu has passed on his best wishes to Sead Kolasinac and says the guarantee of regular playing time at Schalke will benefit the defender in the second half of the season.

Kolasinac has struggled for minutes under Mikel Arteta – with Kieran Tierney the Spaniard’s preferred choice at left-back – and the 27-year-old has been in talks to return to former club Schalke for some time.

The Bundesliga strugglers announced on Thursday that they had agreed a six-month loan deal for Kolasinac and the Bosnia and Herzegovina international will wear the No.20 shirt at the Veltins-Arena.

In a brief statement, the Gunners confirmed they would be keeping close tabs on Kolasinac’s progress at Schalke, where the full-back is set to take over the captain’s armband from Omar Mascarell.

‘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,’ Arsenal chief Edu said.

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

FC Schalke 04 vs Ajax Amsterdam : UEFA Europa League Quarter Final
Kolasinac will take over as captain at Schalke (Picture: Getty)

Kolasinac told Schalke supporters he was ‘happy and proud’ to be returning after three years and claimed he was ‘100 per cent convinced’ they would remain in the Bundesliga, despite currently sitting rock-bottom of the table.

‘I’m happy and proud to be wearing the royal blue of Schalke 04 once again,’ he told the club’s official website.

‘The club is currently in a difficult situation. Over the coming weeks and months I want to do my part in order to help us pick up as many points as possible.

‘We will manage to stay up together, I’m 100 per cent convinced of it!’

He continued: ‘I’m also very happy to be reunited with several familiar faces, both in the team and backroom staff.

‘I never lost touch with FC Schalke 04. Returning to Gelsenkirchen was something I really wanted to do.’

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