Gunners defender makes short-term exit

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The young Arsenal left back has joined Carlisle United on a month's loan after finding it a mission impossible to get a place in the Arsenal first-team.

The 19-year-old international has stiff competition at Arsenal with both Gael Clichy and fellow English left back Kieran Gibbs fighting out for a starting role.

Carlisle obtained the young Gunner to replace long-term injury victim Sean McDaid.

Cruise had his first training session with his new team today and did not fail to impress. With the Blues boss Greg Abott explaining that they had 'watched Thomas play and we like what we’ve seen.'

“As you might expect with him being at a club like Arsenal he's very good on the ball and they speak and think very highly of him."

Cruise made his debut for the North London club last season in the Champions League against Olympiakos and featured in the England Under-19s squad during the summer in the European Championship.

Despite these performances he has found it continually impossible to break into the Arsenal first team, resulting in Cruise becoming vocal about his desire to go on loan this season:

“If the chance arises, I’d like to move to a team that likes to play a good passing game."

He also suggestted he would like to broaden his role on the pitch in future. “As well as defence, I’d like to play in midfield where you see a lot of the ball and are more involved.”

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