Arsenal have announced that young English defender Kyle Bartley has signed a new contract with the club.
Bartley, who spent periods of last season on loan at Sheffield United and Rangers, had only one year left on his current deal and it seems the club have moved to ensure that he won’t walk away on a free transfer next summer.
While many will speculate the new contract means Arsene Wenger has given up on his search for a new defender this summer, the former Bolton man could very well go out on loan again this season. Rangers has again been mooted again as a possible destination, although the player himself believes he’s ready to make the step up.
Last month he said, “If I’m honest, I don’t think I was anywhere near the level to play for Arsenal last season. But I’ve come back, I feel really strong and I feel that I am ready now.
“I am a little bit different to the other centre backs. I like the physical side of the game and I see myself as a leader. If Arsène decides that he wants me in the first team then that will be fantastic.”
Bartley played for 20 minutes on Sunday against New York Red Bulls, rather unfortunately scoring the own goal which handed the trophy to Thierry Henry’s new team. He joins Carl Jenkinson as the club’s joint leading own goal scorer this pre-season.