There is nothing to suggest that Arsenal’s search for a defensive midfielder will be restricted to players of a certain age; at least that could be the inference to be drawn from the club’s perceived persistence on signing 17-year old Krystian Bielik.
For all its worth, there seems to be good intentions on our part to sign the Polish teenager this winter and despite a reportedly rejected first bid, it seems expected that we will make another offer to Legia Warsaw to push them to the wall.
Much has been published already about his eagerness to see the deal not fall through, and his agent has added more to the hopes of the youngster fulfilling his dream by his recent optimism.
“We are speaking and hopefully we will find a solution” Bielik’s agent, Cesary Kucharski said.
Bielik is rated as the polish Patrick Vieira in his home land and could fulfill his career in the club where the veteran Frenchman made his name, if the remaining aspects of ongoing negotiations are concluded. Reports have it that the teenager was shown around the facilities at London Colney and that a satisfaction on his parents’ part will see him move to the Emirates in January or in the next summer.
There is the immediate need to bring in strong additions into the team to consolidate on the progress we’ve made over the years to make serious challenge for trophies, and the inevitable need for a defender and a defensive midfielder will still be top priority for most fans. Injuries in the squad have made it more necessary than it ever was with question marks over the long-term fitness of Mattieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta. The 17-year old has been followed by Arsenal scouts at least for four months now and it is understood that his qualities as a defensive midfielder has alerted Wenger as to his ability to take up the mantle that has been gaping for long within the Arsenal team.
With the assurances he appears to already have from Wenger of his plans for him, he is almost desperate for an agreement to be reached, as he has his sights set on a first team berth at the Emirates.
“[Arsene] Wenger said what he sees in me, then asked me about my strengths. It turns out that we had a similar opinion.” the youngster said.
He [Wenger] said I would start the training with the first-team, under his guidance, and then it all depends on me. He knows that I have the skills, am determined to win and he wants to sign me as soon as possible to start working with me.
“I would train with the first-team and play in the junior teams- U18, U19 or U21- and Wenger says that if I am good enough to stay in the first-team, I will remain in it.”
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