Why a West Ham loan move for Arsenal's Krystian Bielik would be a smart move for all

A recently signed Arsenal midfielder could learn a lot from a spell at West Ham United next season.

Arsenal signed two players back in January, one far more experienced than the other.

While Gabriel Paulista was immediately placed in Arsenal’s first-team, his fellow winter arrival Krystian Bielik was included first in the Gunners’ under-19 side and more recently their under-21s.

Considering the Polish midfielder is only 17, that is no surprise, but he has already shown his talent by jumping up one age-group after just three months in North London, so what chance a loan move next season?

Given his talent, that seems far more likely than a whole season spent in Arsenal’s under-21 side, waiting for sporadic appearances in cup competitions. While his age means he is unlikely to be relied upon as a regular starter in his first full season at the Emirates Stadium.

In short, a temporary move seems the most likely option, and there is one club in particular who could benefit from Bielik’s arrival.

West Ham have already used the loan system effectively to bring in Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson and former Gunner Alex Song this season. But with the latter potentially moving on this summer, there will be a hole for the Hammers to fill.

Defensive midfielder Bielik could go some way to doing that, while his ability to play as a centre-back means he would also offer additional cover should West Ham suffer another injury crisis similar to this season’s.

The Arsenal player is young, but he is also supremely talented, and he could learn a lot playing regularly with Cheikhou Kouyate.

West Ham have used the loan system to great effect before and with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger potentially wanting to see what Bielik can do in the top-flight, and not too far from his new home at that, then a loan move to Upton Park could well suit all parties.

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