After completing the signing of 17-year old midfielder Krystian Bielik from Lega Warsaw for an undisclosed fee, Arsenal will now focus their attention on securing the signature of Villarreal’s centre-back Gabriel Paulista. Arsene Wenger’s new midfield maestro made his senior debut for the Polish club last August at just 16-years-old, going on to feature on five occasions for Lega in the domestic league and also once in the Europa League. Poland’s versatile youth international can also play in both holding midfield or in centre-back, meaning Wenger has another defensive option to work with ahead of Paulista’s potential transfer. Arsenal are hoping to tie up a deal for the Brazilian central defender quickly and are currently in on-going talks over a £6m switch to the Emirates, although the deal has hit a stumbling block over a work permit problem. Late deals The Gunners’ French coach has become renowned for leaving it late to do business in the transfer market, memorably signing Kim Kallstrom on deadline day last January. At the moment, Paulista does not meet the needed work permit criteria which is required to make his move to London official. This is due to the Brazilian not featuring in 75% of his country’s games over the past two years, and has not represented them at any level yet. Wenger has become quite frustrated over the matter, admitting he does not quite grasp the whole concept of work permit rules, but he claimed a deal is still in the balance. “The logic that the availability of the work permit is linked exactly with the amount of money you spend. It should be linked with the quality of the players only,” said Wenger. “The amount of money that you spend is not always directly linked with the quality of the player. It’s linked with the availability of the player, with the need of money and with your financial potential as well. I think the 75 per cent rule as well can be questioned, because it’s much more difficult to make 75 per cent of games for Brazil than it is for Luxembourg. Again, it’s very difficult to make a rule that satisfies everybody.” Arsenal now have a bolstered outfit to help them push for a Champions League spot this campaign, and the capture of Paulista, as well as securing Bielik’s signature can boost their odds of qualifying. The Gunners will face Aston Villa in their next domestic league fixture, and are odds-on 2/9 favourites with Coral to ease past the Villans, having won four of their last five Premier League games. Activity If the Frenchman is to land his desired defender Paulista, it would most likely see the end of his side’s activity in this year’s winter market, having snapped up Bielik and extending Francis Coquelin’s contract. Coquelin was on loan at Charlton Athletic for the beginning of this current campaign, but his return has boosted the Gunners’ depth in midfield options after impressing since a return to the club. “I saw he made a huge improvement in training. He took up the challenge and since coming back, he’s done well,” continued Wenger. “He’s a young player and look at what he’s doing. We have offered him a new deal. I’m confident it will be done. He is a long-term solution for us.”
Arsene Wenger’s swoop for highly-rated Legia Warsaw midfielder Krystian Bielik will be welcomed by the Arsenal fans, who are keen to see the squad bolstered ahead of a tough second half of the season. At just 17-years-old, however, Bielik is one for the future and has made just five starts for his club this season. If he does make the move to the Emirates, he looks unlikely to break straight into the first team and dislodge the likes of Jack Wilshere or Aaron Ramsey just yet. If Arsenal are to progress in the Champions League or to.
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