With the signing of Gabriel Paulista seemingly imminent, our first acquisition this January has been pushed temporarily to the back of our minds. 17-year-old Krystian Bielik is now officially an Arsenal player however, and has done his first interview since joining us on the 21st of January, courtesy of Polish publication Przegląd Sportowy.
The young midfielder made the switch to the Emirates from Polish side Legia Warsaw, in a deal worth a reported £2.5m.
It was thought that Arsene Wenger would be tempted to throw his new signing straight in at the deep end, but he played no part in our 3-2 FA Cup win over Brighton last Sunday.
It’s probably a good thing too, as in his first interview he revealed that he was struggling with the demands of our training regime.
“The level of training is really intense. What I have to do individually is really tough. First team training is truly impressive” he said.
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“At the moment, I’m exhausted after training, gasping for breath. It’s good for me though, I need it and it will pay off soon.”
He is clearly thrilled to be with us however, and was quick to praise the atmosphere and the harmony in the team. Wojciech Szczesny’s reputation has clearly preceded him, but Bielik is yet to see that side of his compatriot.
“I was told Szczesny likes being the centre of attention, but I haven’t seen that. He told me I could ask him for any help,” he continued.
“The dressing room is always awesome – everyone is always laughing. I don’t understand everything, but it’s still funny!”
He seems to be settling in at the Emirates well, which is always important when a new player joins the club. It’s unclear as of yet how soon we will see the talented youngster turning out for the first team, but he is certainly keen to succeed in an Arsenal shirt.
“I am grateful to Arsenal scout Tomasz Pasieczny. Without him, I wouldn’t be here. I now need to prove him right,” he ended.