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?