Arsenal starlet sets sights on summer switch to league champions

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Highly rated Arsenal youngster Kyle Bartley would welcome a return to newly-crowned SPL champions Rangers reports

The 19-year-old starlet moved to Ibrox from the Emirates in January, but his loan spell ended prematurely after suffering injury in a Europa League fixture back in March.

Arsenal allowed Bartley to return to Scotland to join up with the Rangers squad who celebrated winning the SPL title after a 5-1 final-day victory at Kilmarnock.

The win capped a fond farewell for outgoing manager Walter Smith, who passes the reins over to current Rangers number two Ally McCoist from next season.

Smith has already been in contact with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger over the possibility of Bartley returning to Glasgow next campaign, and the young Gunner is keen for the two clubs to reach an agreement.


Speaking to Rangers' official website, Bartley confirmed:

"There are talks going on with Arsenal as we speak so we'll have to wait and see but if I'm told I can come back that would be fantastic.

"The experience this year was invaluable and I really enjoyed my time so if I could come back next season that would be fantastic.

"All the boys get on really well and they're all great lads and now they can celebrate this success together."

In contrast, Arsenal fans are left with a feeling of what might have been, after their season seemingly self-imploded after losing out to Birmingham City in the Carling Cup final back in February.

The Gunners failed to win a single game in the month that followed, and were consequently knocked out of the Champions League, FA Cup as well as seeing their domestic title-challenge fall by the wayside.

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