Legia Warsaw midfielder Krystian Bielik is poised to become Arsenal's first signing of the January transfer window after confirming his decision to join the Gunners.
The 17-year-old, who has earned favourable comparisons with Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira thanks to his commanding style of play, has told reporters that he will not change his mind over his decision to join the north London outfit.
Furthermore, the Poland Under-16 international expects a transfer to happen soon, once the two clubs reach an agreement over the final fee.
Bielik confirms decision
"I’ve made a decision [to join Arsenal] and I’m not going to change it," he was quoted as saying by the Metro. "I am looking forward to an agreement between the heads of the clubs. I realise that the negotiations may take some time.
"I am, however, confident it will happen soon."
Legia Warsaw rejected second bid
It was reported earlier this week that Legia Warsaw have rejected Arsenal's second formal offer - worth £1.6 million - for the gifted teenager, who is tipped to become one of Europe's leading defensive midfielder as his career progresses.
Legia are, understandably, holding out for the highest possible price for the player they paid just £9,500 to sign from Lech Poznan last July.
Bielik signed a three-year deal with his current employers, but his impressive performance in the Polish league have alerted the attention of a host of top European clubs - including, most notably, Arsenal.
Arsenal to solve defensive midfield problem?
The majority of match-going Arsenal supporters are in agreement that the club are in need of a new midfield enforcer, while pundits have cited the lack of physical presence in the Gunners' squad as the overwhelming reason why Wenger's men tend to struggle in the biggest matches.
At 6ft 2in - and with the capacity to grow taller and stronger - Bielik is firmly on course to become a midfield powerhouse.
Vieira is widely considered as the greatest holding midfielder in Arsenal's history, and Wenger will be determined not to miss out on a player with the physical and technical qualities to follow in the retired France international's footsteps.
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