Arsenal may have as well finally set their hands on a Defensive midfielder with recent reports claiming Wenger is indeed interested in bringing in a young sensation with a strong promise of quick integration into the first team should the youngster live up to expectations.
Young midfield sensation, Krystian Bielik, seems very assured of his position in the Arsenal team – despite not yet being signed – that he already knows what plans Wenger has for him.
The 16-year old Pole is on the verge of signing for the Gunners, according to reports, as the search for a defensive midfielder continues. Most of us surely expect Wenger to be looking for top established talent in the January market but the teenager will likely be his first capture of the winter window.
Bielik, in a revelation of his chats with Wenger, demonstrates an assurance of a bright future 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.”
A deal for the youngster’s transfer seems to have gone as far as agreeing wages, with his current salary of £125 to be raised to £2000, representing a 300% top up. A huge profit is also on the cards for his club, Legia Warsaw, who will receive as much as £1.2m in compensation. Bielik is reportedely due to be in London over the Christmas period for final words on the transfer, and will be in the stands to see our home game against Queens Park Rangers on Boxing Day.
Wenger has a history of personally meeting up with his potential targets to discuss his plans with them, as he famously did with Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. It is only normal, then, that he speaks with a teenager to be sure of a congruency in their visions.
Several youngsters from the Under-21s have trained on a regular basis with the first team, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Stephen O’Connor making their first team debuts at just 17. Wilshere and Fabregas made their own debuts at 16 and there is no doubt that Bielik could also become a regular, as Wenger apparently promised, if he proves to be good enough.
He is already established in the first team with Polish top flight side, Legia Warsaw, but there will be questions as to his capability to settle into the exalted demands of the Premier League, even if a fellow Pole in Wojciech Szczesny had set a precedent for him to follow having made his debut at a tender age, albeit in a less demanding position.
This should not mean that Wenger would still not be out for an already sewn defensive midfielder as Bielik, even if he becomes so good, would need the best part of the remaining half-season to get perfectly acquainted with his new surroundings, as well as his teammates.
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