Photo: New Arsenal signing Ismael Bennacer pictured in training for the first time

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Ismael Bennacer has been pictured training with Arsenal's first team.

These are the first pictures of new signing Ismael Bennacer training with Arsenal.

The 17-year-old signed from French side Arles Avignon earlier this summer, penning a five-year deal reported The Express.

He has now been brought into train with the first team squad, an indication of how highly regarded he is by manager Arsene Wenger.

Bennacer is a central midfielder and France under-18 international. He made seven first team appearances for Ligue 2 side Arles Avignon last season.

He is pictured below with teammates Mikel Arteta and Joel Campbell.

The Mail had reported earlier this summer that Bennacer was a target for Manchester City, but they had not looked to show the same commitment as Arsenal, offering him a three-year contract rather than five.

Bennacer's presence in first team training is just a first step for him, but if he makes a quick impact then a place in the upcoming Capital One Cup squad to face Tottenham remains a possibility - and a fantastic chance to make a name for himself.

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