WELCOME TO THE EMIRATES: Arsenal Complete The Transfer Of France Star

Arsenal beat Manchester City to sign Ligue 2 star Ismael Bennacer. [Picture: Getty]

Arsenal beat Manchester City to sign Ligue 2 star Ismael Bennacer. [Picture: Getty]

The Gunners have added to their plethora of gifted young midfielders after they completed the signing of AC Arles-Avignon’s star Ismael Bennacer.

The midfielder was reportedly set to sign for fellow Premier League rivals Manchester City but opted for a move to Arsenal despite City’s huge contract offer.

The 18-year-old attacking midfielder impressed Arsenal scouts while playing for the French U17, prompting a move for him.

The player who is said to be highly creative in nature is expected to join up with the youth team at Arsenal with the hope of a first team place in the future.

The youngster has already made several first team appearances for AC Arles-Avignon in the French Ligue 2 and is tipped to make it to the top of the game.

Arsenal would be required to pay a nominal training fee of £150,000 in compensation to his club.

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