Bartley Arsenal’s Centre Half for the Future

Whilst Wenger is rightly pursuing additional centre-backs, there is one player on our books who is could do a job for us either this season failing that definitely next season (2012/13), that player is Kyle Bartley.

Bartley is a tall, strong, ball-playing, commanding centre half.  He is 20 years old and 6ft 3” and English. Bartley  joined Arsenal from  Bolton in 2007.

He spent his apprenticeship in the reserves and youth team, but like many of Arsenal’s youngsters he was given an early debut in December 2009 against Olympiakos in the Champions League..


Soon after his debut, Bartley went on loan to Sheffield United and played 14 games.   At the start of the 2010-11 season Bartley once again joined Sheffield United , playing a further 21 games.

In January 2011 Kyle joined Rangers, a move that surprised many, a move that many thought will see Bartley spend the season on the bench. This was not the case, Bartley was involved in Rangers drive for the title and in the European adventure, playing predominantly as a holding midfield player

So impressed were Rangers for Bartley that they have asked for Arsenal to let him go back for another season. Wenger has not yet responded.

Will Wenger take Bartley on the Far East tour and play him in midfield or central defence?  If Arsenal buy Samba and, or Cahill  Bartley’s opportunity to play in defence will be limited this season, but Wenger might have liked what he saw of Bartley in midfield and try him out in that position.


Whatever happens in the transfer market and in pre-season, Arsenal must keep Bartley at any costs.  He will develop next season into a top defender or defensive midfielder, he then needs to be given the opportunity to play, just as we have given Djourou, Denilson and Diaby so too must Bartley be given first team opportunities.  There would be nothing more tragic than to see an archetypal English centre forward leave the club when that is what we have all been crying out for.

Posted on June 22, 2011, in Arsenal News, Arsenal Players and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. as i scour, trawl and sift through all the preason news on arsenal (via every medium) his name keeps catching my eye. admittedly i dont know much, but from what i gather he seems a potential blinder. probably a dm tho. as for cb well, mixed feelings. cahill too much? samba good enough for cl? i think so alongside verm, but still dubious. for prem mos def. kos has done exceptionally well in my book all things considered and will become a fighting force. i hope kyle is a secret kept even if young and is in arsenes ethic of, well…..
    non expenditure! i think he will tho elsewhere, fine by me. i seem to remember arsene saying when we move to the ems he wouldnt really spend at all for five years to develop youth, stadium debt inclusive off reason.that period has ended. not always happy but ever loyal gooner

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