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Rebuild is on as Gunners bid for top four

Arsenal believed to be chasing transfer targets including Schalke left-back, as boss Wenger admits finishing in Champions League places will be ‘very difficult’

20 April, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

Reports suggest Sead Kolasinac could be on his way to the Emirates Stadium

ARSENAL have reportedly started their summer rebuild – giving the biggest hint yet that manager Arsene Wenger will be staying on at the club.

Various reports claim that the Gunners have won the race to sign Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac, who is ready to put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal when the transfer window opens.

The Bosnia international was weighing up a move to either north London or AC Milan, but the latest claims say the 23-year-old is moving to the Emirates.

It’s reported Kolasinac, a target for Chelsea in the January transfer window, has chosen Arsenal after assurances over Wenger’s future, and will now join on a free transfer this summer.

Initially used as a centre-back and defensive midfielder, Kolasinac now looks most at home as a left-back and is expected to replace Nacho Monreal.

Meanwhile Wenger insists Arsenal must win all of their remaining Premier League games if they are to stand any chance of finishing in the top four.

They are currently seven points behind fourth-placed Man City, with a game in hand on Pep Guardiola’s side so could cut that lead to just four points.

Arsene Wenger

But with just seven matches to go, Wenger knows that there is no margin for error if Arsenal are to secure a place in the Champions League next season.

“For us the clarity is there – we have to win every game to have a chance to get in the top four,” he said.

“Mathematically finishing in the top four is still possible even if it is very difficult – but we have to give it a go.”

Wenger added that the 2-1 victory away at Middlesbrough on Monday night had given his side a timely boost ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Man City at Wembley.

“You could see that on some occasions against Middlesbrough we were a bit overcautious and a bit nervous,” Wenger said. “Hopefully, the victory will give us a bit more confidence.

“We now have a little break from the Premier League, so let’s prepare well for the game on Sunday.

“We played City two weeks ago in the Premier League, drawing 2-2, but when we play them again at the weekend, it will be completely different because we are at Wembley.

“It will be an interesting match, the players are looking forward to it.”

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