By Tony Hughes

Krystian Bielik is likely to leave Arsenal on loan in the January transfer window.

Manager Arsene Wenger admitted he was considering the Poland youth international’s situation at the club because he is not yet ready to play for the Gunners first team.

Bielik, 18, has only made two senior appearances for the Gunners since joining the club in January 2015.

The versatile youngster, who can play in either central midfield or centre-back, made his debut in the League Cup against Sheffield Wednesday last season before being handed a substitute appearance in the recent 4-0 demolition of Nottingham Forest in the same competition last month.

“The plan with him, he already works with us a lot, with the first team,” said Wenger, who was speaking after Arsenal’s 6-0 Champions League win over Ludogorets Razgrad, as quoted by IB Times. “He has developed very well. For me he has all the attributes to be a great player but now he is not ready experience wise to play in our team.

“I will consider the situation at the end of December to see if he can go out [on loan] somewhere and play or if we’ll keep him until the end of the season here.”

Many of Bielik’s outings since joining from Legia Warsaw have come in the Premier League’s reserve division or the Uefa Youth League.

He is likely to come into the reckoning next week when Arsenal take on Championship side Reading in the last-16 of the League Cup in what could represent a rare chance to give game time to the young players.

In other Arsenal transfer news, the club are closing in on a big money winter deal.