ARSENAL have completed the signing of 17-year-old midfielder Krystian Bielik from Legia Warsaw.

The Gunners had a bid in the region of £2.5m accepted last week by the Polish outfit for the midfielder, who has now agreed personal terms and passed a medical.

Bielik made his debut for Legia in August aged 16 and he has made six appearances this season. 

Hamburg were hoping to sign Bielik but Arsenal have seen off their late challenge. 

The Polish youngster revealed he opted to join the Gunners over the Bundesliga outfit because of Arsene Wenger.

He said: "First of all, because of Arsene Wenger. He is a legend, 'The Boss' as they call him at Arsenal.

In Hamburgthe 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, Hamburg coach [Josef] 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 Hamburg.

"I'm going to London to fulfil 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."



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