Empoli snap up Arsenal’s Bennacer

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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.

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?

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Isaac
Isaac

another one bites the dust

Gunnya
Gunnya

It would have bennacer if he had gone out on loan

Preston Parkway

I once had the pleasure of meeting him at a charity do once. He was surprisingly down to earth, and VERY funny. Good luck to him.

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David Hillier\'s luggage

That’s a bit of a surprise. I’m assuming there’s a hefty sell on clause?

clins
clins

i really liked him . has a bit of grit in him that many of our academy players lacks and is a proper captain material as far as i’ve seen and his long rangers and freeckicks were a thing of beauty .would’ve loved to see how he would’ve played with arsenal if given an oppertunity . but all the best for him

Voldermort
Voldermort

Legend

Trez
Trez

Hope we inserted a buy back clause. Wish him all the best.

Rossi88
Rossi88

This

Trez
Trez

Looks like the club is trying to raise funds by any means possible. Never thought we’d sell him so soon.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

I can think of worse places to move to. Best of luck to him.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

What the foooooooook?
So doing well on loan now means being sold now?

And if it’s because we have so many CM options, then we need to do a cull.

gooner
gooner

Very surprised. If anyone follows Tours, I have a friend who does, they always score goals and concede them with ease.

I thought that alone was the reason we sent him there to learn the arsenal way

Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin

Goes on to win the Ballon d’or

Huhhuhuh huh huuuuh this much is Giroud
Huhhuhuh huh huuuuh this much is Giroud

Who’s got 2 thumbs and a dodgy mo?