Arsene Wenger says teenage Polish defensive midfielder goes straight into first-team contention after signing for £2m on Friday

Arsène Wenger has revealed that he wants Krystian Bielik, his new 17-year-old signing, to come straight into the Arsenal first-team squad this season as a holding midfield option according to the Daily Telegraph.

Bielik completed a medical at Arsenal on Friday on a deal worth around £2million and, with captain Mikel Arteta now out for three months following surgery, Wenger confirmed that his new signing would be immediately in first-team contention.

“He’s a defensive midfielder, 6ft 2ins, he has a good energy level and technical level,” said Wenger.

“It’s a gamble but, on what we saw, it’s worth taking the gamble.”

When it was put to him that £2million was an “awful lot of money” for a player with such little experience, Wenger said: “It’s an awful lot of money for a player if he doesn’t succeed. If he does succeed then it’s cheap.”

With Arteta out, Francis Coquelin and Mathieu Flamini will be competing to start as the one holding midfielder in Wenger’s usual midfield system for the gunners against Manchester City on Sunday.

Coquelin has played recently and was described on Friday as an “internal solution” to what feels like an eternal doubt over whether Arsenal have sufficient strength in that position.

Wenger's priority in the transfer window, though, is in defence, particularly after the loss of Mathieu Debuchy for three months following shoulder surgery.

It was noticeable on Friday that Wenger did not dismiss the prospect of bidding for West Ham United’s Winston Reid although he has also been watching Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk, Ipswich Town’s Tyrone Mings and Saint-Etienne captain Loïc Perrin.



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