Wenger approves new defensive midfielder’s inclusion


Krystian Bielik will no longer be playing with the Arsenal reserves when pre-season begins next month.

The Polish midfielder joined Arsenal from Legia Warsaw in January but he was only involved with the club’s youth ranks for the remainder of last season.

At 17 years old, Bielik remains a raw talent but Arsene Wenger has confirmed the youngster will be handed a spot in Arsenal’s senior squad next season.

According to reports, the club has now closed the door on all loan offers for the teenager with intentions of featuring him as a back-up to Francis Coquelin next season.

Other defensive midfield options Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini will be entering the final year of their Arsenal contracts when the 2015/16 campaign begins as Wenger sets sights on replacements.

Standing at 6ft 2in tall, Bielik will be a towering figure in the Arsenal side

“Yes, he will go into the first-team squad,” Wenger said at the time of Bielik’s arrival in a £2m deal.

“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.”

Transfer targets Sami Khedira and Geoffrey Kondogbia have all chosen moves to the Serie A this summer, joining Juventus and Inter Milan respectively.

And according to reports, Morgan Schneidelin is also set to snub a move to north London after ‘agreeing a four-year deal’ with Manchester United.

Wenger’s track record of keeping faith in youthful talent at the highest level is well known after Cesc Fabregas made a start in the 2006 Champions League final as a teenager.

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2 thoughts on “Wenger approves new defensive midfielder’s inclusion

  1. It is a very good policy to groom young players and promote them to the senior team, and that is the main reason why most young talented players want to join Arsenal, because they know their chance will come for the senior team and they know the manager has faith in his young players. A lot of people were talking about bringing in a defensive midfielder to Arsenal but I do not see it happening, because when Wenger bought BIELIK, he bought him for the defensive midfield position and he wanted to gamble by using him last year, but I think he wanted to look at him first at training and decided that he should adjust to English type of football first. So its not surprising that BIELIK is being promoted to the senior team.

  2. This is why I like the Boss as he doesn’t have to spend big before getting the player he wants. I think we can put the DM issue to rest if it’s financially difficult for the Boss to get one signed at the market. We have DMs: Arteta, Coquelin, Flamini and the young Bielik to mann the DM position for us in the summer opening games, and we’ll see what it will look like. Both Cazorla and Ramsey can also be adapted to play as DM.

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