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Arsenal eye-up Schalke defender Sead Kolasinac as Nacho Monreal replacement

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Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Schalke's 22-year-old, Bosnian international defender, Sead Kolasinac, as a replacement for the potentially departing Nacho Monreal.

As seen in the Mirror, Tutto Mercato have reported, the left-back, who can also play in midfield, is seen as an ideal replacement for Nacho Monreal, should he return to Spain, following links with a move back to his home nation.

Monreal has been the subject of interest from Athletic Bilbao, who are said to be lining up a £6 million move for the Spaniard. Should he depart the Emirates, it would leave Arsenal with only Kieran Gibbs in the full-back position.

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The Gunners have been looking at Napoli's Algerian international, Faouzi Ghoulam, but now seemed to have turned their attention to Kolasinac, who represented Germany at youth level before making the switch to his parents home nation in 2013.

The Bosnian has made 46 Bundesliga appearances for Schalke since joining the club from VfB Stuttgart, as an 18-year-old, in 2011. He made 24 appearances during the 2013-14 season before playing in Bosnia's opening and final games of the 2014 World Cup, the nation's first ever appearance in the competition.

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He has the unfortunate record of scoring the fastest own goal in World Cup history after putting the ball past Asmir Begovic just three minutes into Bosnia's 2-1 defeat to Argentina.

Kolasinac was limited to just six appearances last season, due to a cruciate knee ligament injury picked up in pre-season, as Schalke struggled to sixth in the Bundesliga.

The German club will keen to hold on to the left-back following his long lay-off with injury as they aim for a return to the Champions League, but with interest from a number of clubs across Europe, they may be forced to sell if the right offer is made by a potential suitor.

If Monreal is to join Athletic Bilbao, as has been talked about recently, then Kolasinac is a player who could offer stiff competition for Gibbs. However, it is a big if surrounding Monreal, with Arsene Wenger already stating he does not want to sell the Spaniard, who made the left-back his own in the second half of last season.

The Schalke man can also be pushed up to play in midfield, although that seems highly unlikely to happen was he to move to North London given the wealth of talent in the middle of the park already on show at the Emirates club.

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