Krystian Bielik has opened up on his situation at Arsenal right now, after heading out on loan for the third season in a row.
The 20-year-old defender is currently spending the season with Charlton Athletic, and he spoke to Polish outlet PolsatSport last week about how things are going with Charlton and with his parent club.
Bielik admitted that at this stage he still doesn’t have a strong relationship with Arsenal head coach Unai Emery, and the fact he was playing with the u23s at the start of the season showed him he wasn’t yet in contention for first-team spots.
“I have a contract with Arsenal until 2021,” Bielik began. “I’m not going to lie that I have met Unai Emery well. If I would be training with the first team, I wouldn’t be playing in the u23’s. Currently, I want to play one full season in senior football.”
However, Bielik then continued to say that he’s open to whatever happens next season. If he gets a chance to link up with the squad for pre-season, he’ll happily take it. If he ends up on loan again in the Championship, he’ll accept that too.
“If there is an opportunity to go on tour with the senior Arsenal team, of course, I will want to,” he said. “If Emery thinks it’s not my time yet, it’s possible that I will be loaned to the Championship. For me, it is the sixth best league in the world.”
Over the last international break, Bielik got the chance to play for the Poland u21s for the first time, and he absolutely grasped the opportunity with both hands. Scoring a goal and defending impressively across the two legs, plenty of people in Poland are starting to suggest the centre-back should be in line for a senior call-up.
Bielik says he’s aware of this, but he also understands the counter-argument based on where he’s playing his club football right now.
“I heard that there are voices to call me to the first team,” Bielik admitted. “On the other hand, others say not to overdo it, because I only play in the third English league.
“I focus on good performances for Charlton. As for the staff, I will not say I want to rush, but I will not say that I would not like to be called. For me, it doesn’t matter whether it’s the first team or under-21. I am sure that my time will come in the senior national team.”
Hopefully, Bielik will continue to impress for Charlton, seize his chance with Arsenal in pre-season, and break into the senior teams for the Gunners and Poland in the coming years.