Gunners could select Krystian Bielik for the Etihad Stadium trip.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that imminent new signing Krystian Bielik will go straight into the first team squad and could be available for Sunday’s clash against champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, report the Mirror, after the young Pole underwent a medical at the club on Friday.
Wenger also confirmed that the deal bringing Bielik to the club from Polish champions Legia Warsaw is worth less than £2 million – a figure he described as a lot of money if the 17 year-old does not go onto be an Emirates Stadium success, but as “cheap” if he is able to prove himself in the Premier League.
A tenacious and powerful defensive midfielder, Bielik has a burgenoning reputation in Poland after breaking into the Legia first team under Henning Berg this season, and is widely touted as one of the best players the countries has produced in some time.
Speaking to the media ahead of the tricky trip to Manchester on Sunday, Wenger discussed both Bielik the player and the fee paid to Legia, and also confirmed that he would go straight into the Gunners’ first team picture:
“He’s a defensive midfielder, 6ft 2ins, he has a good energy level and technical level. Also, it’s a gamble. But on what we saw it’s worth taking.”
“It’s less than £2m. It’s an awful lot of money for a player if he doesn’t succeed. If he does succeed then it’s cheap. Yes (he will go into first team squad).”