Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed the club have reached an agreement to sign highly-rated Legia Warsaw midfielder Krystian Bielik.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash against reigning champions Manchester City, the veteran French coach revealed that a fee has been agreed for the 17-year-old, who will undergo a medical later today.
It’s believed the Gunners will pay around £2.4 million for the defensive midfielder, whose playing style has drawn favourable comparisons to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira.
Wenger: Debuchy is 'destroyed'
In other news, Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta will be out for six weeks after having a bony spur removed from his left ankle - and that summer signing Mathieu Debuchy will miss the next three months after dislocating his shoulder in last weekend’s 3-0 win over Stoke City.
Wenger admitted the France international is “destroyed” and “embarrassed” after his latest injury set-back. The 29-year-old full-back missed three months of the season prior to Christmas - because of an ankle injury - and Wenger says the player, who underwent surgery after Sunday’s match, is devastated “because he just wants to play”.
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The Arsenal manager also provided fans with an update over striker Danny Welbeck. The former Manchester United forward “has two more weeks out” with a thigh injury, according to the long-serving Gunners’ boss.
Wenger confirms plans to sign defender
Wenger also admitted that Arsenal are “looking more for the defensive department” in the transfer market. It’s expected that at least one more signing will join Bielik at the Emirates Stadium before the winter transfer window closes at the start of next month.
Arsenal head into their crunch match against Man City this weekend as the underdogs. Eleven points currently separate the two teams in the Premier League table, but the Gunners will view this is a chance to showcase their top four credentials.
Arsenal currently sit one place outside of the top four, but could leapfrog fourth-placed Manchester United if Louis van Gaal’s side fail to secure all three points from their visit to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.