Sead Kolasinac admits Arsenal’s German connection has helped him slot easily into life at the Emirates.
Kolasinac looks set to be a hit at Arsenal following his free transfer arrival from Bundesliga side Schalke.
The Germany-born Bosnian international announced himself with an eye-catching Community Shield display in which he scored Arsenal’s equaliser before they went on to beat Chelsea on penalties.
He has joined German trio Per Mertesacker, Shkodran Mustafi, Mesut Ozil plus Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka at Arsenal who also all have experience of Bundesliga experience.
Left-back Kolasinac, 24, said: “What made things easier when I arrived was that I had a lot of players here with whom I could speak to in German.
“There are a few players who have helped me with things like where to live, where to go out in the evening. The team have really helped me.
“After I signed, Granit sent me a message and that pleased me. It made it easier to come here because you get to a new club and don’t know anyone, which makes it exciting and nerve-wracking.
“It was nice to have had contact with him before and I was happy that he sent me a message. I’ve had contact with him over WhatsApp since, and it definitely made things easier for me.
“We’ve played against each other a few times [in the past]. They were always fiery encounters against him! He played in the No 6 role and I think the last time I played against him, we unfortunately lost. But after he left, we won against Gladbach again.”