Arsenal have this afternoon allowed defender Krystian Bielik to join Championship outfit Derby County, the club has confirmed on their official website.
The Poland under-21 international leaves the Emirates Stadium having played just twice for the first-team since joining from Legia Warsaw in 2015.
Derby have paid a club-record fee for the defender, believed to be in the region of £10 million, according to the Evening Standard.
It does seem perhaps odd that Arsenal have allowed a defender to leave the club.
There need for defenders is pretty desperate, with huge doubts over Shkodran Mustafi, who could also depart this summer.
Bielik, who won promotion to the Championship with Charlton last season, can also operate in a defensive midfield role.
It seems likely that Arsenal may use the funds raised from selling Bielik to fund a defender or two of their own and that is certainly what their fans expect.
Following this afternoon’s announcement, several Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to state their thoughts on the deal done by the Gunners.
The overriding feeling is of optimism that boss Unai Emery will add a defender to his ranks prior to the forthcoming transfer deadline. Many, however, are disappointed at the departure.
Here is a selection of tweets following Bielik’s departure to Derby:
I hope we don't regret this sale in the future.
— ifos Efaj (@Ifos4) August 2, 2019
Big mistake letting this kid go he has potential I would rather have had him developed into a CB he would have been better than Mustfuckup that’s for sure
— MrTibbs (@ant0308) August 2, 2019
Tierney to @Arsenal here we go! ??⚪️
— Mitch Franco ? ⚪️ (@TheAFCFranco86) August 2, 2019
He’s better than @MustafiOfficial. Sort the worst out first
— frankie (@frankieeche) August 2, 2019
He was so decent at Charlton, deffo should have kept him till January give him a run in the team !!
— Nathan Davis (@nathandav1s) August 2, 2019
Sorry we failed u
— bobsyNG (@bobosignn) August 2, 2019
Please say there’s a bit back clause or at least a sell on clause
— max allen (@maxalle88808267) August 2, 2019
Very sad wenger rated him very highly and had a great losn spell at charlton
— looking boy (@arse_raptor) August 2, 2019
Never got his chance
— jonathan winograd (@jonnywin22) August 2, 2019
Shame. Preferred him over Mavro but what do I know
— Bozinka (@thef777) August 2, 2019
I feel for him, could have done better than Mustafi.
— ♚ Kaustubh Pawar ♚ (@_kaustubhpawar) August 2, 2019
Bit of a shame but if he wouldn't renew and wanted first team football we need to start doing these deals. £10m for a player who hasn't played for us seems OK at the moment*
*save this for two years time when I look stupid.
— Daley (@DaleyAFC) August 2, 2019