Serie B side Empoli have confirmed the permanent signing of Ismael Bennacer.
The 19-year-old Algeria international, who made one appearance for the Arsenal first team in the League Cup, has signed a four-year contract at the Stadio Libero Liberati.
— Empoli Fc Official (@EmpoliCalcio) August 21, 2017
Bennacer spent the second half of last season on loan at French side Tours and spoke in March about his desire to spend another season away from the Emirates.
The decision to sell the youngster on a permanent basis comes as something of a surprise given Wenger spoke warmly of him in January. That said, with so many midfielders ahead of him in the pecking order it’s not a massive bombshell.
Best of luck to Ismael. Who wouldn’t want to impress in a shirt that has “COMPUTER GROSS” emblazoned on it?