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Arsenal bosses remain puzzled over how the club allowed Ismael Bennacer to leave and then decided not to try to re-sign him, according to a report.
The defensive midfielder has become crucial for AC Milan since moving from Empoli in the summer of 2019. In fact, he made 35 appearances in all competitions last season, including 31 in Serie A.
However, his recent rise came after his spell with Arsenal failed to spark to life. The Algerian international left Arsenal for Empoli in the summer of 2017 after two years with the north London club.
Former manager Arsene Wenger negotiated a clause in that deal that allowed Arsenal to match future offers from other clubs for Bennacer. But his successor Unai Emery chose not to activate him and instead sanctioned his sale to Milan.
CalciomercatoHowever, it points out that Emery, in fact, “ignored” the buyback clause. That decision came despite Bennacer’s strong form for Empoli, which raised his profile significantly.
In his two seasons with the Serie B team, the midfielder recorded 76 league appearances, contributing two goals and six assists.
As such, the source adds that certain Arsenal figures ‘don’t understand’ the club’s treatment of the player.
However, it is not only Emery that is in the spotlight. WengerThe decision to sell Bennacer in the first place has reportedly puzzled the top brass at The Emirates.
The 23-year-old moved to Arsenal’s U-23 rankings from AC Arles in the summer of 2015. He then made his first-team debut in October of that year in a League Cup match.
In fact, Bennacer recently spoke about how he struggled to settle in North London shortly after his move. Also, he felt Wenger only gave him one chance due to key first-team injuries in the match.
That would turn out to be his only appearance for the Gunners senior team. He remained in the club’s under-23 classification until January 2017, when he sealed a loan to the French Tour.
From there, he returned to Arsenal, but learned that he would not earn the stripes with Wenger.
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