Bielik arrived in London on Friday to undergo a medical ahead of his £2.5 million transfer, and the Independent are reporting that the deal is set to be confirmed this week.
A 17-year-old defensive midfielder, Bielik is arriving from Legia Warsaw, and is expected to fit into Arsese Wenger’s first-team plans, despite having made just six appearances for the Legion.
However, there is a lot of promise around the youngster, and, with Wenger’s track record of polishing prospects into world class stars, there is real hope that Bielik will prove to the be the defensive midfield fix that has been sought after for almost a decade since Patrick Vieira’s departure from North London.
Should the deal get completed this week, he will likely be in the squad at the weekend as the Gunners travel to Brighton in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Considering the weakness of the opposition there is a good chance Bielik could be offered a starting berth, but, even if named as a substitute, he is sure to take to the field if Arsenal are cruising to victory.
Legia boss Henning Berg has expressed his disappointment that Bielik is leaving Poland at such a young age - having only signed for the Warsaw-based club last season - but he has outlined the key strengths that underpin the 17-year-old’s game.
Speaking to Legia.Sport, Berg said: “He has good posture and technique, and is able to keep the ball. For his age he has a very developed ability to make appropriate decisions.
“Personality sets him apart on the field. In his first training with the Legion he was a kid who wanted to kick the ball. In his debut, at age of 16, he played as if it was just another game. He does not crack in difficult meetings.
“We had to teach him a few tactical systems, but in terms of individual skill he was already at a high level.”
If Bielik has already shown the natural talent that has been cultivated by Berg at such a young age, there is no doubt that Wenger will be able to have an even larger impact upon the youngster, and it will come as no surprise to see him soon turning out regularly for the Gunners.