As the hours tick on the transfer clock, it becomes ever more possible that our first signing of this window will be the much talked about 17-year old defensive midfielder Krystian Bielik.
According to reports, the player’s transfer will still go through despite the reported bid that was rejected by Legia Warsaw. When quizzed on his interest on some players, Wenger played down links to Loic Perrin but did confirm that Bielik was on the club’s radar and that “no agreement has been reached”. It was certainly not a dismissal of the rumours that we are in discussions for his transfer and it seems the fee will be eventually sorted and the player making the move to the Emirates this month.
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. In an earlier article posted here, we had seen how Bielik was of Arsene’s plans for him when he moves to Arsenal and that must be a motivation for him to be desperate for the deal not to fall through.
Highly rated as the polish Patrick Vieira in his home land, Bielik is eager to take the next big step in his career and could fulfill his billing 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.
We boast an impressive array of attacking midfielders and the competition is a blockbuster one but there is the marked absence of a strong composing defensive midfielder in the team. Francis Coquelin has been something of a revelation since his return from Charlton, playing every single game since with 5 consecutive starts now. He shows good strengths for what we need in that role but maybe there will be a need to groom a long-term option who will be built on the Arsenal Way.
He is already a regular in the Polish first division but he may not go straight into the first team when he arrives here. What is certain is that if he proves good enough in FA Cup games, there’ll be no fear to give him the big test in the Premier League. He has a sizeable frame that could count as an advantage over our current DM options at the moment.
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