Krystian Bielik is leaning towards an Arsenal exit this summer with clubs from across Europe reportedly interested in taking him off Unai Emery’s hand.
After a season spent helping Charlton achieve promotion to the Championship, the 21-year-old recently impressed for his country at the UEFA under-21 European Championships in Italy, scoring twice in the opening two games.
A certain dirty red top paper (not linking) claims that sides in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Holland and England have all made enquiries.
Bought by Arsene Wenger from Legia Warsaw in 2015, Bielik was expected to challenge for a first team spot within a couple of years. Four years later and he only has two appearances for the Gunners to his name.
He’s been out on loan to Birmingham and Walsall, and had a couple of big injuries along the way, but with two years left on his current deal, it feels like it’s now or never for him in an Arsenal shirt.
Does Unai Emery look at the Pole as a disposable commodity whose sale could bolster our transfer budget or is there room for his versatility? Like Calum Chambers, who spent last season at Fulham, Bielik has proved in the last 12 months that he has the tactical nous and physicality to play both as a centre-back and deep-lying midfielder; two positions we’ve often tried and failed to strengthen.
It now remains to be seen whether he’s given a chance to impress in pre-season. The player himself must be wondering if he’ll fare better elsewhere. Serge Gnabry and the Jeff, to name two examples, have both proved that the grass can be greener when your Arsenal career stalls.