AC Milan ace explains reasons for leaving Arsenal

AC Milan’s Ismael Bennacer has spoken about his time at Arsenal.

Former Arsenal youngster Ismael Bennacer has spoken out about his time with the Gunners and his decision to leave the club.

The 22-year-old, now on the books at AC Milan after a spell at Empoli, only made one first-team appearance for us during his brief stint in north London a few years ago, and has now suggested he didn’t feel wanted at the Emirates Stadium.

Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport magazine Sportweek, as translated by Tribal Football, Bennacer says he had four years still to run on his Arsenal deal but wanted to go somewhere where he’d feel more wanted.

“I arrived in England in July 2015, then stayed in a hotel for the first two months because I didn’t want to live with a family I didn’t know,” he said.

“I was 17 years old and couldn’t live on my own, so my sister came to live with me, then the girl I’d been dating since school who in England would go on to become my wife.

“Finally, in September, I got some time on the pitch, but I was thrown on after two other injuries against Sheffield, played wide left in a trident attack, which I had never done before. I felt incredible pressure and wasn’t sure what was going on.

“I never played again after that, but I have no regrets, as I still got to train with important players like Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla. I had four years left on the Arsenal contract, but I had to be at a club where they really wanted me.

“I didn’t know Empoli, but I accepted a move down from the Premier League to Serie B because they were the club who wanted me the most. I did the same when deciding on Milan – I chose them for their history too, but also because it was the best project for me.”

It remains to be seen how the rest of Bennacer’s career pans out, but for the time being the Algeria international doesn’t particularly look like a player we’ll massively regret losing. Let’s face it, it’s not exactly like he’s Serge Gnabry.

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  1. Mogunna says:

    He is precisly player we miss in middle. Barca, Real, juve Bayern all have an eye on him.

    I guess to u, he is not good enough for us, sound like an echo of our pathetic dumbo(ard).

    I suggest you to check his skills 2019/2020 online, u be in choc as reading your article afterwards!

    He is an amazing young player who should have been on a good loan as many should today, to be ready break into first team. Empoli should have been a loan.

    But the greed of cheap Kroenke explains this as all the mess we in today. Adding up millions into his account makes him a billionaire.

    Sell him for 2 millions seems low because we are brainwashed, not sure many of us have that money in their account.

    If you or anyone do, please reply, I
    am the best, nicest guy on earth.

    I am honest, have no pb posting my bank info, name, phone number, ID.

    Thx in advance mate.

    PS: by the way, if you have a boat or knows someone or someone who knows someone, please let me know. I also speak French and Russian, bit of spanish, some African, I love everyone.

    Merci and Thx again in advance.

  2. ahmad73 says:

    Arsene Wenger always appeared to have his favorites and give them chance after chance. The likes of the Ox, Denilson, etc. come to mind. We have sold players like Gnabry, Scezney (sp?), Bennacer for peanuts! In fact for a total of less than 20M. Let this sink in for a moment!

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