Arsene Wenger has all but ruled out first team action for Arsenal new boy Krystian Bielik this season, and claims he will have to wait until the 2015/16 campaign for his debut, according to the Mirror.
The Polish youngster was brought in from Legia Warsaw this past January, and was expected to be one for the future.
Having impressed in training however, there were suggestions that he could be ready to step up to the first team already.
Wenger has rubbished those reports however, and claims the 17-year-old will have to wait for his opportunity.
“He’ll play for the under-18s tomorrow. I don’t think he will make his first-team debut this season,” he said in his latest press conference.
The emergence of Francis Coquelin has lessened our need for a new defensive midfielder, although it is still an area that needs addressing in the summer.
The French midfielder suffered a nasty injury during our 2-0 win over Everton however – a clash of heads with Olivier Giroud leaving him battered and bloody on the floor.
With Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini still out, Coquelin being sidelined is probably Bielik’s only chance of seeing first team football this season.
Wenger believes his compatriot should be fine for our clash with QPR on Wednesday however, although claims that if he plays, “[he] will need a protective mask”.
“Francis Coquelin should train today and [there is] no obvious reason why he won’t play,” the manager continued.
Coquelin has been vitally important to our success in the second half of the season, so hopefully the 23-year-old recovers in time for our trip to Loftus Road.