Arsene Wenger has thrown a bombshell that he is prepared to let young Polish defender Krystian Bielik leave the club on loan in the winter in order to gain first team experience after failing to make the Gunners first team since his move in 2015 from Polish powerhouse club Legia Warsaw.
Bielik joined Arsenal with a big promise after impressing in his homeland (Poland) having being rated as one of the hottest and exciting players in Polish football. At Arsenal, the youngster found it difficult to see game time as the likes of Gabriel, Laurent Koscielny, Calum Chambers and Per Mertesacker were all rated above him last season. This season, Chambers have left the club on loan yet things appear to get worse for the Polish U-19 international as Mustafi (Valencia) and Rob Holding (Bolton Wanderers) were signed further complicating issues for the Polish defender.
Originally a defensive midfielder, Bielik has been played in the central defensive position judging from his debut and only game for the first team which was a League Cup loss against Sheffield Wednesday last year. This is not all as the Arsenal website also lists him as a central defender making it look like his best position at the club. It is likely the Polish youngster will be loaned to a Championship side this winter to continue develop and aid his progress as he is expected to return a better player considering he is seen as one for the future by the North London club.
“The plan with him (Bielik) is to continue his development. He works with us a lot , with the first team. He has developed very well and for me he has all the attributes to be a great player.”
” Now, he is not ready experience wise to play in our team, so hopefully I will consider the situation at the end of December to see of he can go out somewhere or whether we’ll keep him until the end of the season,” were the words of Wenger to Arsenal TV this week, via Dailystar.
This season Arsene Wenger prefers the duo of Mustafi and Koscielny as his central defensive pairing. On their part the duo are a good fit as Mustafi is played higher considering his ball playing ability while the captain Koscielny plays deeper as he is quicker with a better positioning and quick recovery rate. Arsenal are currently joint top in the league with Manchester City although Pep Guardiola’s side boast a better goal difference after eight games.