Photo Proof – Gunners Complete Deal For Midfielder With Italian Outfit

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Serie B side, Empoli have confirmed the signing of Ismael Bennacer on a permanent deal.

The 19-year-old’s had a slim chance of being handed first team opportunities at the club, with a raft of players ahead of him on the pecking order, and the likes of Francis Coquelin, Jack Wilshere and Mohamed Elneny on the bench competing for the same position. Indeed, the youngster has failed to really make an impact in the youth ranks either, since he made his debut for the Gunners against Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup in 2015.

Bennacer played 16 games in Ligue 2 last season dot Tours and even spoke about his wish to make another loan move away from the Emirates. The Algerian was signed by Arsene Wenger from Arles in 2015 and has become the latest academy player to leave the club.