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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