Arsenal wonderkid gets nod from Wenger - was tipped for big things in January

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Arsenal starlet Dan Crowley will be hoping for a chance to impress manager Arsene Wenger after being included in the club's 27-man squad for the pre-season tour of Singapore.

The Gunners face a Singapore Select XI in the country's national stadium on Wednesday, before a meeting with Premier League opposition in the shape of either Everton or Stoke City as part of the Barclays Asia Tour.

Whilst the tournament is a tune-up for the new Premier League season, it will also give Wenger a chance to look at young talent making their way through the ranks at the Emirates Stadium.


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Crowley certainly falls into that category, having joined Arsenal from Aston Villa in the summer of 2013. The talented teenager quickly impressed the likes of Jack Wilshere in north London, and has been honoured at various youth levels by England.

Mikel Arteta is another to have heaped praise on Crowley, tipping the attacking midfielder to become an important player for Arsenal after he impressed in an FA Youth Cup match back in January.

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Arteta praise

"He has impressed me for two reasons. The first is of course his talent, but also he is gaining maturity too, and if he keeps doing that then he can be a very good player," wrote the Spaniard.

"I'm glad they have given him the armband in the Youth Cup because that will give him more responsibility and he will need to be a real example to the other players. He's at the right club with the right people around him to guide him and to become a very important player."

Other young guns

Crowley isn't the only young player given a chance with the first team in Asia, with striker Chris Willock also making the trip. He featured against Boreham Wood during pre-season 12 months ago, but this trip offers an elongated period working alongside the Arsenal first team. Both players will be eager for an opportunity.

More generally, Wenger will be hoping the club's promising young players begin to showcase their ability at a time when Chelsea have a number of teenagers - led by Ruben Loftus-Cheek - beginning to impress.

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