Having progressed through the youth academy of Lech Poznan, Bielik moved to Legia Warsaw last year for a minimal fee, and the BBC are reporting that the Gunners have agreed a £2.4 million fee with the Polish champions to secure his services. A 17-year-old defensive midfielder, he could be the long-term fix for Arsenal’s problems in the middle of the park, and Gunners fans will be hoping he can have the kind of impact that club legend Patrick Vieira had in North London - having been likened to the Frenchman.
Despite Arsenal’s long-standing interest in the youngster, there was a report in Legia.Sport that suggested an interest from Bundesliga side Hamburg, and Bielik even went to Germany to meet with the manager. However, he decided against Hamburg, and Arsenal will be the luck beneficiaries - should he pass his medical.
“First of all, [I chose Arsenal] because of the coach Arsene Wenger. He is a legend, boss, as they call him at Arsenal.
“At Arsenal it will certainly be more difficult to break into the first-team. But if in three or four years I succeed, I’ll be at the top of football. This is after all one of the best clubs in Europe and certainly better than HSV.
“I'm going to London to fulfil a dream. I want to prove to the coach Wenger that, in signing me, he was right.”
Previous reports by the same media outlet have suggested that Bielik was favouring a move to Arsenal due to a promise that he would be guaranteed first-team football immediately upon his arrival. However, he has refuted such claims, confirming that he is not yet ready for such a position.
He added: “He [Wenger] does not say that my goal is now playing in the first team for Arsenal. I'm not ready yet.”