Swans' style suits Bartley

Defender delighted to have linked up with Laudrup's side

Kyle Bartley: Has moved on after finding the route to the first team blocked at Arsenal

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Kyle Bartley admits Swansea's footballing philosophy helped to convince him that a switch from Arsenal would be a step in the right direction.

The 21-year-old defender has secured a move to the Liberty Stadium after struggling to force his way into first-team contention at the Emirates.

Loan spells at Sheffield United and Rangers have, however, allowed him to showcase his considerable talent.

Swansea were among those to keep a close eye on Bartley's situation this summer, before putting a suitable transfer package in place.

Bartley, who did not make a single senior appearance for Arsenal, is looking forward to opening a new chapter in his career, with regular Premier League football at a well-respected club awaiting him in South Wales.


"I had my education at Arsenal and I do like to play football and play it out from the back and watching Swansea last year, that is exactly what they have done so that is a massive thing for me joining Swansea," he told Swans Player.

"I was newly-promoted to the Arsenal first-team and I spoke to the boss Arsene Wenger briefly last week just wondering what his plans were for the season and he told me game time would be at a minimum, to be honest.

"For that reason I wanted to at least go out on loan and that was going to be the plan until Swansea came in and it was just too much of a good opportunity for me to turn down."

Another Swansea new boy, Jamie Proctor, is also looking forward to playing a part in Michael Laudrup's future plans after completing a protracted switch from League One outfit Preston.

The 20-year-old striker said: "It has been a long, drawn out process that has been going on for a while now and it has been a long summer waiting for it to happen, but I'm finally here and settled in - I'm delighted to be a part of it."