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Next big thing under Emery? – Here’s why Arsenal can’t afford to let this versatile Polish ace leave anytime soon

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Arsenal Opinion: Why Arsenal should keep Krystian Bielik

According to reports from English news outlet the Sun, Arsenal star Krystian Bielik has a vested interest in leaving the club this summer. The versatile defender has been rather impressive over the last few years but has struggled to find a place in Arsenal’s team-sheet.

Instead, since his arrival in 2015, he has spent multiple seasons out on loan all over England. This includes spells at Charlton Athletic – the most recent one – Walsall and Birmingham City but it’s his recent spell that has changed things.

A midfielder by trade, Bielik has transformed himself into a rather phenomenal centre-back. In fact, the Sun reports that a host of clubs are keen on signing the Polish international.

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But given their issues this season, Arsenal have to make sure that they keep Krystian Bielik at the club. Compared to Patrick Viera when he first arrived, the 21-year-old has transformed into an effective centre-back and a rather versatile one at that.

His 6’2” frame combined with his composure and a rather astute eye for a pass makes him adaptable. Sure, his preferred position has changed but if and when needed, the 21-year-old can transform into an equally defensive midfielder.

It’s something that Arsenal need but at the same time, they cannot afford to lose one of their best prospects. They have a lot of young attacking talents at their disposal but they do not have many defensive prospects.

Zach Medley, Daniel Ballard and even Joseph Olowu are a few names but none of them is rated even close to what Bielik is. In fact, Medley might be the closest but even the young 18-year-old has ways to go before he inches close to the Polish international’s levels.

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With time and the right management, the English centre-back may have a chance but Krystian Bielik is a ready-made prospect right now, and more importantly, a star itching for first-team minutes.

With time, and under Unai Emery’s tutelage, there is a chance that the 21-year-old will transform into a dependable centre-back for Arsenal. Hence, they cannot afford to lose yet another promising youth star.

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Arsenal do not have much money to spend this summer and they must dip into their youth sides. Someone like Krystian Bielik will help make a difference and given his performances over the last few months, he has shown that he can do that.