Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger is keen on signing 16-year-old Legia Warsaw defensive midfielder Krystian BielikGetty

Arsenal are reportedly keen on signing Polish club Legia Warsaw's midfielder Krystian Bielik during the January transfer window.

According to the Daily Mail, the 16-year-old defensive midfielder caught the eye of the Gunners' scouts after he broke into the senior Legia squad and they have been impressed by his performances.

Arsene Wenger has shown in the past that he is keen to recruit young players and is always on the lookout for the best young talent from around the world.

Apart from Arsenal, Premier League rivals Everton are also keen on signing the youngster, but are more interested in his older teammate Ondrej Duda.

The north London club are in the market for a defensive midfielder, as they look for a long-term replacement for skipper Mikel Arteta, but the signing of the young Polish midfielder will not fix the immediate problems facing the Gunners in the midfield.

However, Wenger has shown in the past that he is not afraid to play youngsters if he feels they are good enough. The best example will be Fabregas, who made his debut for the Arsenal first-team when he was 16-years-old in 2003 and went on to captain the side before moving to Barcelona in 2011.

Wenger has yet again put his faith in youngsters by naming six academy players on the bench for the Champions League clash against Galatasaray on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Gunners star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has urged youngsters to take their chance and make it count if they are called upon during the game.

"All young players have to start somewhere and you have to be challenged at some point, so if they have the opportunity to play they have a chance to prove they are capable," Oxlade-Chamberlain said, as quoted on Arsenal's official site.

"From what I have seen, they have all got good quality, they are all good lads and I am sure they will be up for the challenge and trying to prove to the boss they are good players," the England international added.