Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Legia Warsaw midfielder Krystian Bielik, after weeks of speculation suggesting he would move to north London.
As per the Gunners’ Twitter account the rising starlet has officially put pen to paper on a contract, having travelled to England last Friday to complete his medical. It’s believed that Arsenal will pay €3 million plus bonuses for the Polish ace, who Arsene Wenger has coveted for some time.
The news will likely be met with relief by Arsenal fans, as it promises a continuity of Wenger’s development scheme. The buzz around Bielik’s ability has been a constant since the beginning of the January transfer window, and so the fact that he’s now committed his future to the Frenchman’s tutelage promises good things for the years to come.
Arsenal announced the news on social media this morning, with Legia Warsaw also using their Twitter platform to wish their former star good luck.
Now that the deal for Bielik has been wrapped up Wenger will be able to concentrate his efforts on landing other, more established targets. Whilst the 17-year-old is an exciting addition to the Emirates Stadium setup it’s extremely unlikely that fans will get to see him in action for the first-team anytime soon.
With Arsenal in need of another central midfielder and another defender Wenger has his work cut out for him, and he will be all too aware of the frustration he will incur from the stands if Bielik is the only new name on the roster come February 2.
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As such the 65-year-old looks set to launch a campaign to convince some of Europe’s top names to join his cause this month. The likes of Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak and Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin have been named in connection with Arsenal over the course of the past few days, though it makes sense to assume Wenger is looking more towards shoring up his back line.
Per Mertesacker has been under fire this campaign for his inability to cope with fast strikers, whilst Laurent Koscielny, Mathieu Debuchy and Kieran Gibbs have all succumbed to injury at one stage or another.
As such the Gunners are expected to bring in at least one new centre-back, with Saint Etienne captain Loic Perrin on the radar and Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels a more ambitious alternative.