Posted 4th July 2013 at 06:51 am
Blues swooped to sign Swansea City’s highly-rated defender Kyle Bartley in July 2013 on a season-long loan deal.
Born in Stockport, Bartley began his career with Bolton Wanderers before joining Arsenal’s Academy in 2007.
He captained the Gunners’ reserve side and made his first-team debut in a UEFA Champions League tie against Olympiakos in 2009.
Successful loan spells at Sheffield United and Glasgow Rangers followed before the youngster made a permanent switch to Swansea in the summer of 2012.
An early-season thigh injury halted his progress last season although he showed promise during five first-team appearances.
The 6ft 4in star has also represented England at youth level.