Youngster gets African Cup of Nations call-up

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Young midfielder Ismael Bennacer has been handed a surprise call up to the African Cup of Nations by Algeria.

The 19 year old, who joined the Gunners in 2015 from French side Arles, has played 12 games for the U23s this season, and was brought into his national squad because of an injury suffered by Saphir Taider.

Bennacer, a highly-rated creative midfielder, has made just one appearance for Arsenal, in the ill-fated Capital One Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday last season.

Good luck to him in Gabon, where fellow Gunner Mohamed Elneny is representing Egypt in the tournament.

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