A report in the Polish press says that Krystian Bielik is determined to leave Arsenal this summer having been told he is not in Unai Emery’s plans for the forthcoming season.
The 21 year old made it clear recently that he is not willing to play U23 football, and wants first team action – either with the Gunners or somewhere else.
The club reportedly made an offer to loan him out again, but after signing a new contract, but when your head coach seemingly has no interest in you, there was very little chance of that happening.
With offers from the Championship, Bielik is currently doing individual pre-season training while the squad are away on the US Tour, and the report says that he received signals from the club that youngsters signed by Arsene Wenger will be moved out of the club as they do not align with Unai Emery’s philosophy.
From a defensive point of view, Emery has Calum Chambers, Sokratis, and Shkodran Mustafi to call on for now. Rob Holding’s recovery from a cruciate knee ligament rupture is ahead of schedule, but Dinos Mavropanos is currently struggling with an injury and took no part in last night’s 2-1 win over Bayern Munich. Meanwhile, in London, captain Laurent Koscielny is going down the legal route to try and extricate himself from his Arsenal contract.
It seems like there would be room for the Pole, but we have to bear in mind that the decision making here comes from reports from the club’s Loan Manager, Ben Knapper, and based on more information than we have available.
However, when a player impresses on loan and stands out at a European tournament, you have to ask what else could he have done to be given a chance?