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Arsenal are surprisingly allowing highly-rated Ismael Bennacer to leave the club for Empoli.
The 19-year-old midfielder was thought to be one of the brightest talents within the Gunners academy.
The move was revealed by both Arsenal and Empoli on Twitter, confirming the rumours from earlier in the day that it would be a permanent deal and not a loan deal.
Bennacer has only made one appearance for the Arsenal first-team and it did not come in the Premier League.
That came in October 2015 as he replaced Theo Walcott from the bench before going off injured himself during the League Cup defeat.
He was loaned out to French second division outfit Tours last season.
The playmaker made 16 appearances in Ligue 2 in what was a decent breakthrough campaign.
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