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Schalke General Manager Reveals Why They Let Sead Kolasinac Join Arsenal This Summer


General manager at Schalke 04 Christian Heidel has revealed the reason that Arsenal fan favourite Sead Kolasinac was allowed to leave the club on a free transfer over the summer.

In an interview with German magazine SportBild, Heidel was asked why there was not a better effort from the Bundesliga giants to keep one of their most popular players.

He said: "An extension with Seo was not economically justifiable. I have a sporting and an economic responsibility. A populist act, only to avoid possible criticism, would be strange to me."
The report added that it was not just the money that was a factor in the 24-year-old's decision to leave the club.

Reports from Gelsenkirchen suggest there is a toxic atmosphere at the club with players often sacrificed to the press in order to swerve blame away from others.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina left-back enjoyed an excellent final season at Schalke, earning himself a place in the Bundesliga team of the season despite the fact that they finished in 10th place.

There was the sliver lining of a run to the quarter finals of the Europa League which saw the Bundesliga giants knocked out by the eventual finalists Ajax 4-3 on aggregate.

The comments will not have pleased the Schalke supporters who were upset to see Kolasinac depart the club and have witnessed their side's promising start to the new season blown away by three straight defeats without scoring.

As for Kolasinac, he has already found the net twice for his club, once in the Community Shield against Chelsea and in the Europa League win over another German side, FC Koln.

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