Amaury Bischoff Declares Reasoning Behind Hasty Arsenal Exit

Arsene Wenger could not guarantee the flop signing first-team action...

Arsene Wenger's confessed "gamble" signing, Amaury Bischoff, has departed Arsenal after just one season because  the Frenchman could not guarantee the midfielder first-team football.

The 22-year-old made no starts during his short tenure with the Gunners, and the decision not to renew the player's contract was confirmed on Tuesday - the expiration date of his old deal.

"[Wenger] could not guarantee me playing time next season. So we decided together that it was best that I did not extend [the contract]," Bischoff explained to L'Equipe.

Bischoff is now actively seeking a new club to stride out for next season.

Arsenal also released a clutch of reserve and youth players, but there are signals that Wenger may add to his solitary signing of the summer thus far; Thomas Vermaelen, with Ligue 1 likely to be raided.

Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho, Olympique de Marseille captain Lorik Cana and Girondins de Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh have all been linked with a switch to north London.

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