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Krystian Bielik is reportedly close to completing a loan move to League One side Charlton Athletic, following an injury-ravaged 2017/2018 season.
Having impressed on loan at Birmingham during the 2016/2017 season, the 20-year-old went on loan to Walsall in January but did not make a single appearance for the club due to a series of injuries.
The Polish centre-back made his Arsenal debut in the 3-0 League Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, following his transfer from Legia Warsaw in 2015, but has yet to make a league appearance for Arsenal and does not appear to be in Unai Emery’s immediate plans.
It has also been reported that Bielik impressed a Middlesbrough scout during Arsenal under 23’s 6-5 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday. We quite like the idea that you can see the good in a defender when that many goals have been conceded.
We’ve a bit of history lending players to Charlton. Alex Song and Francis Coquelin returned from The Valley like new men, while Yaya Sanogo scored a hat-trick for the Addicks and got himself sent off in a short spell. Assuming it gets confirmed, we hope Krystian enjoys his time in South London.
In addition to Bielik, we’re still expecting the likes of David Ospina, Joel Campbell, Carl Jenkinson, Cohen Bramall and a couple of other youngsters to leave in some capacity before 31 August.