Miekl Arteta has refused to rule out alleged West Ham target Sead Kolasinac leaving Arsenal this summer, as quoted by Football.London.
Hammers boss David Moyes want to bring the 27-year-old Gunners left-back from the Emirates to the London Stadium this summer, according to a report from the Athletic’s David Ornstein.
West Ham desperately need to sign a new left-back this summer. Aaron Cresswell continues to disappoint. It’s not the 30-year-old’s fault. The former Ipswich Town man always gives his all but he quite simply hasn’t got it anymore at the very highest level.
And Arsenal ace Kolasinac would surely be a useful addition for us. The Gunners left-back would undoubtedly be an upgrade on Cresswell, that’s for sure.
Kolasinac, who earns £100k-a-week (Spotrac), is a very attacking full-back by trade. He boasts impressive pace, and has a great knack of timing his overlapping runs to perfection.
The 27-year-old racked up two assists in 26 Premier League games for Arsenal last season (Who Scored).
In those appearances, he averaged 1.1 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, and 1.3 clearances.
Kolasinac has racked up 15 assists in 105 games for the Gunners (Transfermarkt). His attacking prowess is obvious, but he is found wanting defensively fairly regularly.
And Arteta responded when asked if Kola could leave Arsenal this summer, as quoted by Football.London:
“I think in every case you have to try to take it individually. First of all, try to understand the reason – if that’s the case – when they want to leave and why. If there are things that you can help them to change, to give them more, you have to try to maximise those options and when it comes to a point where it’s obviously something that you cannot control and cannot help and it’s evident and clear, then you open the door. But then it goes down to the club to decide when and how and that’s a player with a contract that has to get the right value and go to the right club.”
Arteta is clearly suggesting that if Kolasinac wants to leave, he is welcome to do so.
So that should give West Ham hope. The 27-year-old Gunners defender is far from elite, but he is a lot better than what we have.
And if Moyes can pick the Bosnian up for a reasonable fee, he could be a really useful signing for us.