Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed 18-year-old Polish midfielder Krystian Bielik could leave the club on loan in the January transfer window.
Citing the lack of ability of the youngster to break it in the Arsenal squad, the French boss further opined that Arsenal would like to see the youngster go out on loan in January.
This assessment made by the Frenchman might fall hard on the youngster, given the fact that he has made only two appearances for the senior Arsenal side to date.
Arsenal signed Bielik in the winter transfer window of 2015 from Polish club Legia Warsaw. At the time of his move to the Emirates, Bielik had made only six senior appearances for the Polish Champions. Hence, when they were getting him, Arsenal knew that what they were getting was far from a finished product.
To acquire his services from the Polish club, Arsenal were forced to pay 2.5m plus add-ons to the Polish side. Thus, despite his lack of experience, Arsenal paid a sizable amount to acquire his services.
Still, his lack of experience didn’t worry Arsene Wenger as he claimed that Bielik was streets ahead of many of his age at the time of his move to the Emirates.
Moreover, the fact that Arsenal had to battle with the likes of Roma and Hamburg to sign the then 16-year-old was a sign of good things to come.
Standing at over 6’, Bielik holds the uncanny ability to spray long balls, while disrupting the attacks of the opposition. Thanks to his imposing height, Bielik holds an advantage over others his age in the box.
However, despite his abilities, Bielik is far from a finished product. He is yet to make his debut for Arsenal in the Premier League, with both his appearances for the Gunners coming in the EFL Cup against lower tier opponents this season.
Thus, it is safe to assume that, despite paying over the odds for him, Arsene Wenger doesn’t rate the Polish highly in his plans. This view was echoed by Wenger when asked about the long-term future of the club after his team’s 6-0 demolition of Ludogorets Razgrad on Wednesday.
“The plan with him, he already works with us a lot, with the first team,” said Wenger, who was speaking after Arsenal’s 6-0 Champions League win over Ludogorets Razgrad.
“He has developed very well. For me, he has all the attributes to be a great player but now he is not ready experience wise to play in our team.”
“I will consider the situation at the end of December to see if he can go out [on loan] somewhere and play or if we’ll keep him until the end of the season here.