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Kolasinac leaves Arsenal

Sead Kolasinac has left Arsenal.

The Bosnian international who was in the final six months of his deal at the Emirates had his contract cancelled by mutual consent.

That has enabled him to join Ligue 1 side Marseille, where he has now signed an 18-month contract.

Marseille, who are facing a two-window transfer ban, have been able to sign him because that punishment does not begin until after the current window.

The Gunners have not got a transfer fee for him, but they have got his salary – estimated to be £100,000 a week, off their wage bill.

Kolasinac had become a peripheral figure under Mikel Arteta, and was the third choice left back behind Kieran Tierney and Nuno Tavares, spending the second part of last season back on loan at former club Schalke.

He is the fourth senior player to leave the North London club in the current window, but the first permanent departure – Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Flo Balogun, and Pablo Mari have all gone on loan.

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