Bartley reveals reason he left Arsenal

After a grand total of one competitive appearance for the Gunners, against Olympiakos in the champion’s league in 2009, Kyle Bartley has decided to call an end to his Arsenal career. I am not really being fair to the lad, he was desperate to play for Arsenal but never quite managed to force himself in to contention.

Swansea City’s new manager Michael Laudrup has taken the 21-year old centre back to Wales, and Bartley has told reporters that it was Swansea’s style of football that convinced him to give up on his dream of being a Gunner.

“I had my education at Arsenal and I do like to play football, and play it out from the back and, watching Swansea from last year, that is exactly what they have done, so that is a massive thing for me joining Swansea.”

Bartley has had successful loan spells at Sheffield United and Rangers in the past few seasons and was willing to do the same again. The youngster spoke to Arsene Wenger but got no encouragement about being involved in much football with Arsenal.

Bartley admitted that it was a very hard decision to make, but it was high time that he moved on with his career. We Gooners wish him all the best, but could he not have persuaded the Squid to go with him?

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39 thoughts on “Bartley reveals reason he left Arsenal

  1. light

    we have enough “young players” as it is however that means less wages and a space to add someone new?

    also gl Bartley in the future

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  2. femyl

    Gutted about him leaving as i think he is still far better than Squillaci but i wish him the very best. Now lets offload Squillaci and get Mbiwa, Mexes is decent but not good enough. Arsene knows best. COYG!!!

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  3. theMan

    Wish him all the best I’m also excited about Swansea this season and Michael Laudrup!!!?

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  4. dan

    Wish the lad well but he was never good enough to make it at arsenal i blame them in one way for sending him on loan to rangers he was never gona progress playing scottish football should have gone to a bolton or wigan failing that a decent championship club this would have improved his game a lot more any way good luck to him!

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  5. Dan Parkin

    I’m in tears at this news.. I was really looking forward to him being a career long gooner

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  6. DCC

    Good luck to Kyle … Sure he will be a success and I will enjoy watching him do a Martin Keown and being re bought by the club in a few years …. A quality player

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  7. Ringy542

    Best of luck Kid !!! very dissapointed as I personnally felt he would of been great back up but if AW felt he didnt really have a future at Arsenal then I trust his judgement ..
    Best of luck again Kyle ! hope you have a good career ! just dont come back to haunt us please ! hahaha

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  8. Gooner Cape Town

    Cheikh M’Bengue is your replacement chum, mark my words.
    Best of luck and success to you Kyle, was also hoping to see you stay and play 1st team at Emirates. Cheers young man.

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  9. leo

    would have hi rahter than djorou can’t belive we sold him so many young players are leaving is the youth system really not working

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  10. dgunner89

    would rather kept him a squalichi and chumak park and bednet gone to free up wages as hes a briallnt young deffender who has all ready won stuff

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  11. Jon

    Seeing RVP in a United shirt is not a nice feeling.

    :(

    Come and get him when you’re ready karma!

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  12. Stuart

    Where is Sahin confirmed? I haven’t seen it confirmed apart from saying its close.

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  13. Cass

    I say it again and again we should of kept him and got rid of Djourou and Squacilli, them two along wid Bendtner are taking up unwanted space in de squad. He better than all three of them put together. To be fair to Bendtner he will be going soon so there is some lite at the end of tunnel but Djourou and Squacilli should also joined him. STILL GUTTED BARTLEY WOZ SOLD WITHOUT BEEN GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY .

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  14. Cass

    I say it again and again we should of kept him and got rid of Djourou and Squacilli, them two along wid Bendtner are taking up unwanted space in de squad. He better than all three of them put together. To be fair to Bendtner he will be going soon so there is some lite at the end of tunnel but Djourou and Squacilli should also joined him. STILL GUTTED BARTLEY WOZ SOLD WITHOUT BEEN GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY IN DE 1ST TEAM.

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  15. Paul

    @capetown.. I’ve sorted that ticket u wanted mate the guy who sits next to me at the emirates said he will sort me out with his season ticket for that game..

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  16. Cass

    I say it again and again we should of kept him and got rid of Djourou and Squacilli, them two along wid Bendtner are taking up unwanted space in de squad. He better than all three of them put together. To be fair to Bendtner he will be going soon so there is some lite at the end of tunnel but Djourou and Squacilli should have joined him. STILL GUTTED BARTLEY WOZ SOLD WITHOUT BEEN GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY IN DE 1ST TEAM. In my opinion i don’t think de departure in de squad is over yet, i still think Ramsey and Walcott will be sold, i hope i’m wrong but if we sign Sahin and M’Villa i can’t see especially Ramsey getting much playing time, it just my opinion but i hope i am wrong bcoz we need a real big squad to compete on all front dis season.

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  17. S.H

    Sad news about Bartley, but I think he made the right choice. I’m still crushed about Song.

    How about Gervinho’s game atm? Top notch and a big improver. I liked Diaby’s contribution against Sunderland as well. I think he has so much more to offer as he gets fitter and stronger. I’ve always like him and never one to call for his head. I’m glad Wenger kept him.

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  18. paul

    what is the point of paying youngsters good money,sending them on loan to get experience then sell them cheaply or let them go on a free. We are wasting got money on youngsters and not getting the return on the investment in youth. somethings wrong.

    selling song? how does that make sense? we need a big squad to cope for a full season. you cant throw money at replacements and get the experience in return unless you pay well over the odds these days.

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  19. The Gooner

    Wish him the best, I really enjoy watching Swansea play and hope he fits in to their side seamlessly.

    On a side note, reports suggest we are moving in on Cheikh M’Bengue and that he wants to join Arsenal. This would be a massive signing for us in reinforcing our back end, since it offers depth and cover in case Gibbs gets injured. After Sahin on loan is confirmed, I can’t see us signing another player like M’Vila or Biglia (as much as I would like us to). I think Wenger will re-evaluate the team after signing Sahin and a defensive back and make a decision on another signing in the January transfer window.

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  20. Shiva

    Our draw against Sunderland does not look so bad now! Great debut for Van Pu$$y :P

    Sahin & M’Vila in & 3-0 against Stoke next Sunday! COYG

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  21. Wil

    We are selling Arshavin, bendtner, Squid, park, and some players out on loan.

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  22. AmericanGooner

    Thank you for your time Bartley. Best of luck in the future. Maybe one day you will get your dream of playing for Arsenal.

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  23. willy

    Goodluck Bartley. Your departure is highly understood by the Gooner Family. We only have issues by tha arsehole in the name Van Shitty.

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  24. ice-ice-baby

    IN ARSENE I DONT TRUST!!!! trophy less 7 years!!! So… Policy Not working!!!! Board, NOT HELPING!!! ARSenal need Board members who actually wants the club to win and become and even greater club!

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  25. Rodrigo

    There’s still some spoiled squid we need to get rid of.. Good luck Kyle! Wish u the best!

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  26. Csec-high grade

    Sad to see the boy go as he had promise and wanted to play football. Winger should put his disloyal head on and get rid of players like Bendt, Cham, and Sqill and take what he can get for them, rather than hold onto them and be forced to play them when we get injuries, knowing they are not good enough

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  27. adam

    @ice-ice-baby the rest we don’t buy massive expensive players with massive egos is because the whole point of arsenal transfer is to buy the underrated players for cheap and make them into superstars. We don’t want to become like man city/psg/chelsea who only win games because of the money they spend. We play football properly. The arsenal motto is “we don’t buy stars, we make them”

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