Dan Crowley to join Oxford United

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Arsenal have announced that Dan Crowley is to spend the 2016/17 season on loan with Oxford United.

The highly rated midfielder, who has represented both England and the Republic of Ireland at youth international level, had a spell on loan last season with Barnsley. He was expected to spend the duration of the campaign there, but after just 13 appearances that move was cut short.

Speaking in May, he declared that he wasn’t yet ready for first team football with Arsenal, and that he would open to a loan to help him develop.

“I feel I need to go out on loan to get more experience first,” he said.

“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.”

Best of luck to him.

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Paul
Paul

Good luck young man!

Marcus
Marcus

Nearly shat myself when I tot we were losing one of our best prospects

ETTAN
ETTAN

Hmm, am I the only one who finds this a bit weird? He spent the last season on loan to League One club so I would have expected him to make a step up and join a Championship club this term. Just saying, though. Not writing him off by any means!

bestie
bestie

His loan with Barnsley wasn’t really a success. His quality was obvious but they questioned his physicality, decision making and work-rate so a champo move was never likely. Joining a team who’ll probably be around the middle of the table this time around should stand him in decent stead for the future if he gets down to the gym.

Jozzer
Jozzer

The word is that he has an ego like David Bentley, let’s hope he knuckles down and gets back on track.

Rob67
Rob67

Hardly reassuring is it.

Oxford Utd. !!! Sorry but without dropping out the pro leagues altogether you can’t go much further. At least the physicality of it might sharpen him up. But you can see how this one ends unless there is a major improvement.

lollo
lollo

One things for sure , if the lad works at it , he will be a top player

Jan

Great news for him and me personally. I’ve just moved to Oxford from the Czech Republic for upcoming three months. Can’t wait to see him in real life. Hopefully he gets as much game time as possible. Talent is obviously there let’s just hope he can cope with more robust players.

Arsene's zip
Arsene's zip

Nice mature attitude from the lad.

arsenford united
arsenford united

He’ll do well under Michael Appleton and with Oxford one of the favourites for promotion I think it’ll do him a world of good.

Toure Motors
Toure Motors

DAN! DAN! DAN! DAN! No, he hasn’t heard me. DAN! DAN! DAN! DAN!

Anup
Anup

Good on you Dan.

On another note, I’ve been watching Wales with avid interest (Ramsey). He’s such a talented player, it makes me wonder whether he’s been holding himself back a little bit this season or whether our style of play doesn’t suit him?

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Certainly is. Whatever the problem is we need to sort it out.

Ox in the Box
Ox in the Box

I’d say the problem was he didn’t have a partner that would play to his strenghts, a defensive minded passer of the ball, like Arteta. He has Allen (passer) and Ledley(devensive minded) behind him now, and I am so so so much looking forward to Xhaka Ramsey axis.

Ramsey is a great player, great lad, haters pull your heads out.

Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin

I’ve got $20 on Wales winning the whole thing back when the odds were 1 : 70 and I love how well Ramsey is playing but therein lies the problem I think? For Wales he plays a kind of box-to-box and number 10 combination. We would have to move Ozil to accomadate him.

Nacho de Montreal is tasty
Nacho de Montreal is tasty

Wenger needs to tweak our passing game a bit. With Wales, when Ramsey gets the ball, teammates run off him. With Arsenal, they position themselves for short passes. With Guardiola in the league, passing game is not going to be Wenger’s baby any longer so it’s to tweak it.

Hereford gooner
Hereford gooner

I’m pretty sure xhaka has been signed by wenger with the explicit intention of providing the perfect foil to allow Ramsey to express himself, and on the evidence of his performance against Belgium thus far it will be £30m well spent. History suggests he needs an arteta / alonso / carrick type partner alongside him, and seeing xhaka play it seems he is just that player

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

When he came to Arsenal, he was said to be hugely talented for his age. Yesterday, I saw Renato Sanchez be decisive for Portugal at same age as him and Zelalem. In two years, I expect one of these two and Reine-Adelaide to become top player.

Cracked
Cracked

The thing with Ramsey is he really needs a passing metronome next to him. It’s no coincidence his best form has been partnered with Joe Allen, and with Arteta.

Arsenal fan Oxford watcher
Arsenal fan Oxford watcher

This is really good for both sides. I watched Oxford regularly last season – They play very very good football (As anyone who saw them beating Swansea in the fA Cup will testify) moreover Michael Appleton is an excellent manager. he has been able to get players to improve and has signed a couple of young talents who didn’t quite make it at Premier League clubs – Kemar Roofe & John Lundstram . Jonjo Kenny from Everton and George Baldock MK Dons) were on loan last season both went back to play In the first team. I suspect Arsenal could do worse than Appleton as long term replacement