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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