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.