Explained in 4 one-liners: Why losing Krystian Bielik would be Arsenal's horrible mistake
- AC Milan & a bunch of the Championship clubs are eager to land the 21-year-old.
- The Pole's certain he'll rather leave the Gunners than spend another season with the U23 team.
- Pain In The Arsenal's Josh Sippie believes it would be totally wrong to let the defender go.
AC Milan, as well as England second tier's clubs West Bromwich Albion, Derby County, Middlesbrough and Brentford have registered their interest in Arsenal prodigy Krystian Bielik. Thus, Josh Sippie, an Arsenal fan and soccer editor for Pain In The Arsenal, has revealed why the 21-year-old's exit would be a massive blow for the Northern Londoners:
- Joe Willock, Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe - all of the latest Academy additions to the senior squad are attackers; Krystian is a rare defensive gem;
- The Pole is as ready for a promotion as his aforementioned youth teammates are - or even more prepared than the lads - but he might be forced to leave instead;
- The Gunners offloaded Serge Gnabry as not good enough for the first team, now he's a key player for both Bayern and Germany - a painful lesson that needs no relapse;
- If Arsenal keep refusing to risk absolutely nothing by giving Bielik a chance, he will get the trust he deserves somewhere else: he's going to be a star, he knows it and so does his agent.
The 21-year-old has become a much-discussed person following his heroics at the recent Under-21 Euro. With 6 points claimed at the group stage, Poland missed out on the play-off stage only because eventual winners Spain and Italy had a better goal difference. The Gunner was reliable defensively and scored a crucial goal in each of the Young Eagles' victories.
Bielik joined Arsenal on a £2.4m from Legia Warsaw in 2015 and has made only 2 senior appearances ever since. The defender doesn't mind staying at Emirates but considers himself ready for a first-team chance and will under no circumstances agree to waste a season with the reserve side.
Capable of playing as both a centre-back and a holding midfielder, the Pole spent the 2018/19 campaign on loan at Charlton. Krystian featured in 35 games across all competitions for the League One side, registering 5 goals and 2 assists.