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Emirates youngster wants first-team chance.
Arsenal defender Kyle Bartley is desperate for a chance to play in the first-team and solve the club’s defensive problems.
The 19-year-old enjoyed a successful loan spell last season at Scottish champions Rangers, who are keen to take him back this year as well.
The Englishman, born in Manchester,was on the fringes of Arsene Wenger’s squad last summer but the manager decided a loan spell would help his development.
Bartley headed to Sheffield United before making the switch to Rangers, where he excelled as the Scottish giants secured a League and Cup Double.
After learning how to deal with the pressure environment of a Glasgow derby, he now wants to prove his worth in the cauldron of the Premier League.
Bartley did not go on the trip to the Far East because he had not fully recovered from a medial ligament injury sustained while in Scotland.
But he will link up with the squad this week ahead of the team’s trip to Germany and he will be hoping to catch Wenger’s eye.
“If I’m honest, I don’t think I was anywhere near the level to play for Arsenal last season,” he told Arsenal.com.
“But I’ve come back, I feel really strong and I feel that I am ready now.
“I learned the demands of being at a top football club who are trying to win things and how important it is to be a champion and a winner.
“Every time you step on the pitch, you are going out there to win so there is a lot of pressure on you.
“I think I can offer something else [because] I am a little bit different to the other centre-backs.
“I like the physical side of the game and I see myself as a leader. If Arsene decides that he wants me in the first team then that will be fantastic,” he added.
“I spoke to the boss on the Friday before they left [for Asia] and he told me that they had four centre backs [going on the tour] and obviously I wasn’t fully over my injury yet.”
“It was always the aim to get back for the start of pre-season because it’s an important time of the year.
“I will be back with them on Tuesday when they are back in training with a view to going to Germany with them.
“He has said he doesn’t want me going on-loan yet and he hasn’t made his mind up.
“My hopes are the same as every year, to be an Arsenal first-team player. Hopefully, this year, that will happen.”