Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that new signing Krystian Bielik will go straight into the first-team squad.Getty Images

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that new signing Krystian Bielik will go straight into the first-team squad following his arrival at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners manager confirmed the arrival of the 17-year-old midfielder from Polish club Legia Warsaw at Friday's press conference, making him the north London club's first signing of the January transfer window.

The French manager understands that spending close to £2m on an unproven talent can be a risk, but is confident that the midfielder has the required skills and talent to progress with the club.

"He's a defensive midfielder, 6ft 2ins, he has a good energy level and technical level. Also, it's a gamble. But on what we saw it's worth taking," Wenger is quoted as saying by the Mirror.

"It's less than £2m. It's an awful lot of money for a player if he doesn't succeed. If he does succeed then it's cheap. Yes (he will go into first team squad)."

Meanwhile, Bielik, who chose to move to Arsenal despite there being interest from Bundesliga club Hamburg, revealed that it was the lure of working with Wenger that made him choose the Premier League club.

He also feels that he has a better chance of making it big by playing for a top European club than playing for a club that does not challenge for major honours in Germany.

"First of all, because of Arsene Wenger. He is a legend, 'The Boss' as they call him at Arsenal," Bielik is quoted as saying by Goal.

"In Hamburg, the team has a very young coach and their target for this season is to avoid the relegation from Bundesliga. This also had an impact."

"Certainly it will be harder for me to get through at Arsenal. But if I succeed in three or four years, I will be at the footballing top. After all, this is one of the best clubs in Europe and certainly better than Hamburg," the Legia midfielder explained.

The young midfielder is keen to pay back the faith shown by the north London club's manager and also admits that he is not expecting to feature in the first-team straight away, as he feels he is not yet ready to take that step.

"I'm going to London to fulfil my dreams. I want to prove to the manager that he did not make a mistake by signing me. But it does not mean that my goal is playing in the first team right away. I'm not ready yet," Bielik added.