Arsenal midfielder Daniel Crowley has confirmed that he will leave the club on a temporary basis in the summer and continue his football development on loan with either a club in the Championship or League One. The England U19 international, however, is keen to join a club that will suit his playing style – but regular playing time will be the key factor when he makes his loan move ahead of next season.
The 18-year-old is highly rated by the coaches at Arsenal and has been a regular in the U21 setup for a couple of seasons, but Arsene Wenger is keen to send him out to get more regular first-team experience. Crowley spent part of last season on loan at Barnsley, who secured promotion to the Championship via the playoffs on Sunday (29 May). He made 13 appearances for the Tykes with former manager Lee Johnson labelling him one of the best 18-year-olds he has seen.
The English midfielder revealed his conversation with Arsene Wenger and agrees with the Frenchman's suggestion that he continues his development on loan rather than join up with the first-team next season. Crowley is likely to have a number of suitors from the Championship and League One for his signature, but he wants a team that suits his needs.
"I have spoken to the boss [Wenger] 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," Crowley told the Coventry Telegraph.
"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."
"Hopefully I'll go out on loan again, although I don't know where yet. It's going to have to be the right club from a football perspective. I want a team that play the right football because the way I play I can't just go to any team. I want it to suit my position. I like the ball at my feet and just passing and attacking footballing teams," the Gunners midfielder added.
Crowley will become Arsenal's fourth summer departure albeit on a temporary basis following the departures of Mikel Arteta, Matheiu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky following the expiry of their contracts.