Arsenal ready to take wonderkid Dan Crowley on Asia tour

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Arsene Wenger is ready to hand 17-year-old Dan Crowley a place in Arsenal's squad for the Asia Trophy pre-season tournament, reports The Guardian.

He will be just one of several young players in what will otherwise be a strong squad travelling to Singapore, where the Gunners will face games against Everton, Stoke and something called Singapore XI.


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Crowley is one of Arsenal's most exciting talents and had a fine season with the Under-21 side, later being shortlisted for the Player of the Season award by the Premier League.

His form caught the attention of Wenger, who invited him to train with the first team on several occasions towards the end of the campaign.

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The England youth international has been training with the first team since their return to pre-season training on Monday and it is now widely believed that he has done enough to book himself a flight to the Far East.


A diminutive figure with plenty of growing still to do, Crowley cuts a similar shape to that of Jack Wilshere. Like his Arsenal team-mate, he is most comfortable in an advanced midfield role and can regularly be seen unlocking defences with clever passes.

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Joining him

Another young buckling that Arsenal fans should look out for is Chris Willock, another England youth international with a shed load of talent.

The tricky winger was given a taste of first-team action last season after starting Arsenal's first pre-season game against Boreham Wood. He tormented the Conference South side's defence but did not feature again.

Willock was once courted by Manchester United, who had previously managed to coax his older brother Matthew away from north London. The younger brother, Joe, 15, is also on Arsenal's books.

Senior absentees

Alexis Sanchez will obviously miss out on the tour after helping Chile to the Copa America title just last week while Danny Welbeck is also still struggling with an injury left over from last season. David Ospina is also still enjoying a break after playing for Colombia in the same competition.

However, Arsenal will get their first look of new signing Petr Cech, who completed his £10m signing from Chelsea earlier this summer. 


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