Former Arsenal performer Krystian Bielik has told Przeglad Sportowy that he would have got a first-team chance if Arsene Wenger was still in charge.
The 21-year-old made the permanent move to Derby County this summer; with the Championship outfit parting with £10 million for his services (Football London).
Bielik boasts lots of potential and some Arsenal fans were surprised the club opted to offload him.
Last season, he helped Charlton Athletic to promotion into the Championship with a series of eye-catching performances.
He does, however, believe things might have worked out differently had Wenger still been in charge.
He told Przeglad Sportowy: “I know that if Arsene Wenger was still working at Arsenal, I would get a chance.”
The Poland under-21 international also says it was nice to receive such heartwarming messages following his decision to move to Pride Park.
He continued: “They wished me good luck, some wrote, that they hope Arsenal will buy me back for £30 million in two years. It’s very nice and it’s a pity that it happened that way.”
TBR Verdict – Bielik must now prove credentials at Derby
It’s all good and well the versatile Bielik saying he would have got a chance under Wenger, but there is still no saying he’d have been good enough.
The youngster can play at either centre-back or in central midfield and his versatility is likely to have worked in his favour.
Bielik must now get his head down at the Rams and play well enough to try and win promotion with them or earn a move back to the Premier League.
The ball is in Bielik’s court right now and it’s now his time to shine.