Arsene Wenger appears to have changed his mind over Krystian Bielik’s role for the 2015/16 campaign.
The Polish youngster was signed in a £2m deal with Legia Warsaw during the January transfer window.
At the time of his arrival, Wenger promised to include the teenager in the Gunners’ first team for next season.
“Yes, he will go into the first-team squad,” Wenger said. “It’s a gamble but, on what we saw, it’s worth to take the gamble. It’s an awful lot of money for a player if he doesn’t succeed. If he does succeed, then it’s cheap.”
However, following a few hiccups in Bielik’s progress with the club’s youth team over the past six months, the Arsenal boss has opted to keep the youngster at academy level.
Despite hopes of him challenging Francis Coquelin, Mathieu Flamini, and Mikel Arteta for a starting spot next term, the 6‘2″ defensive midfielder was omitted from the senior squad’s pre-season tour of Asia and the Emirates Cup.
In an update of Arsenal’s squad list ahead of the new season, Krystian Bielik has relinquished his first-team status along with Gedion Zelalem temporarily.
The 17-year-old has endured a slow start to his Arsenal career so far. Paperwork issues delayed Bielik’s debut for the club before a niggling injury did little to help his pre-season involvement.
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