So Arsenal loanee defender Krystian Bielik was immense for Charlton in yesterday’s play-off Final against Charlton after being a mainstay of the Addicks defence all season, and this is now a cruch time in his career.
Arsenal will take him back next week, but we will now have to wait and see if he could be part of Emery’s plans for next season, or even if Bielik himself decides that he would rather return to Charlton next season.
In fact after yesterday’s Final he hinted that he would be staying at the Valley when he said that he was really looking forward to next season, although before the game he seemed to have no idea of what the future holds. “I really like the [Charlton] training ground, the players and staff – everything is great here,” Bielik said. “But I can’t really tell you what is going to happen next season. I don’t know. There is the Euros (u21 European Championship 2019) in front of me. I’m just trying to focus on football now – the final and the Euros.
“I don’t really talk about other stuff with my agent. It is about football and he will decide when it is a good time to tell me about everything. But right now I don’t think about any offers or new contracts.”
The big problem is that Bielik only has one year left on his contract, so it remains to be seen whether Emery can persuade the Pole that he has a future with Arsenal. If Bielik prefers to be guaranteed a starting place at a lower League team then he may even refuse a new contract, which means he is very likely to be sold.
Should Arsenal go all out to persuade him to re-sign?