Polish youngster Krystian Bielik says it was the lure of Arsene Wenger that made him choose Arsenal over Hamburg, and also suggested his signing is part of the club’s future planning rather than a solution to any of its immediate needs.
The 17 year old admitted that the German side had made him a better offer than the Gunners, but the chance to work with Wenger and join a much bigger club swayed his decision.
Asked by local newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, why he’d chosen to move to London when the Bundesliga side had offered more, he said, “First of all, because of the person of manager Arsene Wenger. He is a legend, the boss as they call him at Arsenal.
“In Hamburg, the team has a very young coach and their target for this season is to avoid the relegation from Bundesliga. This also had an impact. Yes, Zinnbauer assured me that in the new season he would be putting emphasis on the young players, but such plans could be risky. Things may go the wrong way.
“Certainly it will be harder for me to get through at Arsenal, but if I succeed in three or four years, I will be at the footballing top. After all, this is one of the best clubs in Europe and certainly better than HSV.
“I’m going to London to fulfill my dreams. I want to prove to the manager that he did not make a mistake by signing me.
“But it does not mean that my goal is playing in the first team right away. I’m not ready yet.”
He also laid out the schedule for events this week, and beyond, after his journey to London yesterday.
“The initial plan is that on Friday I have to pass the medical. Saturday should be quiet. My parents arrive on Sunday and on Monday I sign the contract.
“To begin with I will stay in a hotel. After two or three weeks I will move with one of the English families that work with Arsenal.”
So, it all looks set, but this boy is definitely one for the future, which is great, so let’s hope the club are working as hard on players for now because after yesterday’s injury updates, we definitely need them.
Hat-tip to Reddit user Jools28 for the translation.