Taking a closer look at two Arsenal teenagers who could be future midfield stars.
Earlier this summer, Arsenal completed a deal to sign Romanian teenager Vlad Dragomir from ACS Poli Timisoara.
The 16-year-old signed as a first-year scholar at Arsenal’s academy for a fee in the region of £700,000 and became the latest in a long line of talented teenagers to sign for the Gunners.
While Dragomir has a long way to go before he has the chance to break into the Arsenal first-team, the fact that he is currently the captain of Romania’s under-16 side bodes well, as does the reported interest from Inter Milan – as claimed by the Guardian.
Football is often about the here-and-now, but if Arsenal fans look ahead a few years, they may get a glimpse of a promising midfield partnership that could lead them to future success.
Krystian Bielik arrived at Arsenal back in January having played just six times for Polish club Legia Warsaw and he was quick to impress in North London.
Starting out in the club’s under-18 side he was soon promoted to the under-21s – not bad for a 17-year-old who is equally adept in defensive midfield or as a centre-back – and along with Dragomir, Bielik could well be the future of Arsenal.
At 16 and 17 respectively, Dragomir and Bielik are likely to grow up at the club, coming through the ranks together and potentially forming a midfield partnership that could one day excel for the first-team.
It may be a long way off, but these two are wonderful talents and if Arsenal’s coaching staff get it right, there is every chance they could go on to great things at the Emirates Stadium.