Krystian Bielik says he has no intention of going to back to play for Arsenal’s U23s, and that if he’s not afforded the chance to play first team football next season he’ll seek pastures new.
The 21 year is currently away with the Polish U21s at the European Championships, and will return to Arsenal later in the summer for pre-season training.
However, after a successful loan spell with Charlton where he featured regularly and helped them to promotion to the Championship, he does not want another season at underage level.
Speaking to local media he said he was unsure about what lies ahead, but is certain he wants to play at senior level.
“My future is unknown but there is one thing I can say for sure: I will definitely not go back to Arsenal U23 team,” he said.
“At this stage it wouldn’t make sense. If I do not receive the possibility to join the first team permanently, I will have to look for other solutions.
“I feel like a senior player now so I want to play senior football. This is, however, not the right moment to discuss these issues as I want to be 100% focused on the European Championships.”
With question marks over how we’ll bolster our defence next season, Bielik must surely be in consideration at least, but it remains to be seen how he’s viewed by Unai Emery.
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