Date: 7th August 2017 at 7:00pm
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have turned down the chance to sign defender Krystian Bielik, according to the club’s sporting director.

The centre back was believed to be close to moving on to the club but Bruno Hubner told German magazine Kicker that they didn’t believe the 19 year old is ready to play regularly at the highest level of German football:

“We retain a close and intensive contact with and have talked again and again about this player. Bielik is a player with a lot of potential, however the would be too early for him.”

Bielik does have some experience of senior football. The Polish Under 19 international made six appearances for Legia Warsaw before his £2m move to the in January 2015.

After spending two years with the Gunners, and having played two games for the senior side in the EFL Cup against and Nottingham Forest, he spent the second half of last season on loan at club Birmingham City.

He made ten appearances in total for the Blues, making eight starts and two substitute appearances before returning to this summer.