99% done: New Mertesacker completes Gunners transfer, squad no. assigned

According to the Polish media, Krystian Bielik will not be moving to Norwich City on loan this summer.

The Poland under-21 international revealed earlier in the summer that he was in talks with the Canaries about a season-long deal but it appears to have fallen through. The Carrow Road outfit, managed by German Daniel Farke, have instead raided the Bundesliga II for two defenders.

The 19-year-old centre-back has featured regularly for the first team in pre-season, building on his impressive performances for Championship side Birmingham City in the second half of last season.

Mały zwrot akcji. Krystian Bielik na 99% NIE przejdzie na wypożyczenie do Norwich. Raczej nie spędzi jednak tej jesieni w Arsenalu.

It is expected that Bielik will still leave Arsenal on loan before the transfer window closes to garner further experience this season.

As things stand the youngster has ten players ahead of him in the centre-back pecking order, including orthodox options Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Gabriel, Shkodran Mustafi, Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny while Mohamed Elneny, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac are also capable of playing in the position.

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