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Arsenal: Kolasinac joins Marseille after leaving by mutual consent

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The Bosnian defender ends his four-and-a-half-year stay at the Emirates Stadium.

Saed Kolasinac has finalized a move to join Ligue 1 side Marseille as a free agent. On Tuesday, Arsenal confirmed they have agreed to terminate the player’s contract by mutual consent.

Following his move from Schalke in June 2017, Kolasinac made 118 appearances for the Gunners. The Bosnia international won an FA Cup and two Community Shields during his time at the club.

Kolasinac was in the Bundesliga Team of the Season before his move to Arsenal. However, his time at the club was marked by struggling for form and fitness. He mostly played as a backup defender, but the arrival of Mikel Arteta limited his game time even more.

Kolasinac returned to Schalke last season to regain his long-lost spark. But, upon returning from the loan spell, his situation in the squad did not improve. The 28-year-old featured in only two league games this season as Arteta’s side showed significant improvement in their defensive stability.

Kolasinac becomes the third player to leave Arsenal in the current transfer window. Ainsley Maitland-Niles joined Roma on a loan deal while Folarin Balogun secured a temporary switch to Middlesbrough. Pablo Mari is also close to leaving the Gunners on loan, with the club reportedly sorting the last details out with Serie A outfit Udinese.