Arsenal were left frustrated after Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen reportedly ‘cancelled’ Sead Kolasinac’s deadline day transfer to the club.
The Gunners star looked set to leave the Emirates with Leverkusen having been heavily linked with a move for the left-back.
But the Bosnian remained an Arsenal player after Monday’s 11pm deadline with the German side not wanting to add to their list of defensive players.
Kicker claim that Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz had wanted another left-back in his squad and hoped that Kolasinac would arrive.
However the deal was reportedly cancelled as Kolasinac would have been the 11th defensive player in the Leverkusen squad and the Bundesliga outfit’s chiefs did not want that.
It would have been a huge gain for Arsenal had Kolasinac departed given the wage packed he is on in north London.
But he has remained and has been included in Arsenal’s 25-man squad for the upcoming Europa League group stages.
And Arsenal technical director Edu is pleased with the balance Mikel Arteta has in his squad.
He said: “I think we improved the squad's quality and physicality.
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“Thomas [Partey], who we had in our plan for the future, when me and Mikel sit and talked, I think you get all the players who we really focused on.
“If you see Willian, he brings us experience and a very special physicality in terms of speed. If you see Gabriel, he gives us a lot of physicality and presence. Dani [Ceballos], quality. Thomas, physicality, quality and mentally he is very strong.
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“But in the end if you see all these players we brought to the club, they are very good here (points to legs), but they are better here (points to head) which for me is very important because when you talk to the players, they have a lot of ambition, they are excited and they are hungry to win a title again.
“This, for me, is important to have in the players to not only be good here (points to legs), but good here (points to head). And they are.”
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