Ex-Tottenham Hotspur defender Jason Cundy speaks highly of Arsene Wenger’s eye for young talent

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Former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur defender Jason Cundy says that Krystian Bielik could be great signing for Arsenal.

Former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur defender Jason Cundy has written in IBTimes UK of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s eye for young talent.

Over the years Wenger has made a name for himself for signing young talented players who he would then mould in top stars.

One of the current Arsenal first-team regular Theo Walcott was signed from Southampton when he was a teenager, while Aaron Ramsey moved from Cardiff City back in 2008.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain caught Wenger’s eye when he was at Southampton, while Calum Chambers switched to Arsenal from the same club in the summer of 2014.

In the January transfer window, Arsenal signed Krystian Bielik, 17-year-old defensive midfielder who had only just started to play first-team football for Polish club Legia Warsaw.

Cundy believes that the Poland Under-17 midfielder could prove to be a great player in the future and hails Wenger’s ability to spot young talent.

“The team seem to be going through the gears, and Wenger has made a couple of canny signings,” the 45-year-old wrote on IBTimes UK. “Gabriel Paulista will add some steel at the back, and Krystian Bielik looks like the classic Wenger signing; a young player who can be moulded into a top talent.

“Wenger is still excellent when it comes to identifying lads with potential and bringing them in on the cheap, and no-one would be surprised if Bielik is the next superstar off the Wenger conveyor belt.”

Arsenal have been looking for a defensive midfielder all season, and suddenly they have two good prospects for that position.

Francis Coquelin has been superb in that role since his recall from a loan spell at Charlton Athletic and is now one of the first names on the teamsheet.

The 23-year-old is the first-choice defensive midfielder for Arsenal at the moment, and one would expect Bielik to step up sooner rather than later.

Still only 17 years of age and lacking first-team experience at the highest level, not too much should be expected of the Pole right now, though.

However, Bielik could eventually prove to Arsenal’s long-term solution to their defensive midfield problem.

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