Ismael Bennacer has stated his desire to go out on-loan once more next season before staking his claim for a spot in Arsenal’s first-team squad.
The talented midfielder, 19, has played a pivotal role for Ligue 2 side Tours in France since his January switch which has motivated him to seek regular football again next season.
His main intention is to either return to France with a Ligue 1 side where he’ll play regularly, or alternatively, move to Spain’s top flight.
Bennacer has amassed 2,000 minutes for Arsenal’s various youth teams from u18 to u23 level over the past two seasons and deserved his opportunity abroad as he continues the transition from youth football into the competitive scene.
As quoted by Onze Mondial during an exclusive interview on their site he said, “I have not decided yet [whether he wants to stay or move elsewhere]. I have an appointment with Arsene Wenger to make an assessment with him. I, in my head, would like to be lent another year to continue gaining playing time.
“I am patient, but I also come to an important moment of my career. I can not afford to play in the u23s. If I can be lent a year in Ligue 1 or La Liga, that would be good for my progression.”
Arsenal beat Premier League rivals Manchester City to Bennacer’s signature in 2015 and he made his competitive debut during a forgettable away defeat by Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup.
The teenager has continued his progression both in the youth ranks as well as a successful loan spell this season, so it’d be surprising if he was not granted his wish for a step-up in quality wherever he does go on a loan deal next term.