Dan Crowley says he’s eager to gain more experience on loan next season after Arsene Wenger told him he’s not physically ready to cope with life in the Premier League.
The highly-rated 18-year-old midfielder spent three months at Barnsley last season before playing out the remainder of the campaign with Arsenal’s under-21s.
There’s a decent chance the England youth international will be given a chance to impress during pre-season with first team players away at the European Championships and Copa America before he’ll make a decision on his next move.
“I feel I need to go out on loan to get more experience first,” Crowley told the Coventry Telegraph.
“I have spoken to the boss and he says I’m not physically ready for the Premier League just yet, and that’s fair enough and I completely agree because it’s a tough league on your body and there’s so much running that people don’t realise. So I will work on that and hopefully be ready when my time comes.
“I don’t want to be pushed in and not be ready. When I get my chance I want to make sure I’m ready and take it.”
Asked if he’d be interested in a move to Coventry, his local childhood club, the teenager continued: “It would and I’m open minded to it, if that answers your question.
“If the right club comes along, whether that’s in the Championship, League One or abroad, it just has to be the right team that plays the right football that suits me.
“So if a team in League One that plays the right way to suit me comes along then I’d be open-minded to it.”