Former Gunner discusses leaving the Emirates as his career soars

Ismael Bennacer has opened up on his move from Arsenal as the Algerian continues to enjoy a good career away from England.

He left Arsenal as a 19-year-old in 2017 after finding first-team opportunities hard to come by at the Emirates.

He has enjoyed a fine rise since making the move to Italy, firstly with Empoli before a €16 million move to Milan in the last summer transfer window.

He has continued to enhance his reputation at the Italian side and there have been talks of him even making a return to the Premier League with Manchester City among other top teams looking to sign him.

Arsenal’s loss has become Milan’s gain, and the midfielder spoke about leaving the Gunners among other things recently.

He told The Athletic that he had three years left on his Arsenal deal and that he was just keen to get first-team action before adding that Arsenal wasn’t exactly against selling him, suggesting that they probably wanted to get rid of him in the first place.

He said: “I had three years left on my deal, but I wanted to play and besides, they weren’t against my sale, so I left.”

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  1. Wow we have shipped out some talented youngsters far too early and without giving them a chance. Gnabry is one I really regret, especially how Iwobi kept getting in and Gnabry couldn’t get a sniff.
    Our academy has produced some fine talent; blame short-sighted management for not giving them the chance. Selling these kids for peanuts instead of loans or chances for game time.
    Contracts running down, giving up on these youngsters too early, bad transfers, list goes on.
    Can’t be right all the time, but damn look how often the decision making has been wrong. It takes real talent to be wrong that often about so many decisions.
    Malen, Gnabry, Bennacer, man that hurts, especially when we lack spending power from FFP and desperately need talent. Academy did it’s job, management did not.

  2. He should have been sent on loan obviously or at least a buy out option in his deal. Same for Adelaide who reached French National team in 2 years time as well… We sold players we miss today…

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