By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsenal teenager Dan Crowley is set to be sent out on another loan next season in order to gain first-team experience.
The 18-year-old attacking midfielder has revealed Arsene Wenger has told him his body is not yet ready to cope with the physical rigours of the Premier League.
Raised in Coventry, the slightly built youngster came through the ranks at Aston Villa before switching to Arsenal in 2013.
He has yet to feature for the Gunners first team but has been a regular for the Under-21s, where he has showed glimpses of his ability.
Crowley had a three-month loan spell at Barnsley last season in League One, making 13 appearances in total, and a second temporary move is on the cards following discussions with Arsene Wenger.
“I have spoken to the boss and he says I’m not physically ready for the Premier League just yet,” he told the Coventry Telegraph. “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.”
Crowley also gave an insight into the type of loan move that he is looking for as he ruled out the possibility of switching to a team that do not play an open, attacking style.
“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.”
In other Arsenal transfer news, the Gunners are increasingly confident of clinching a key summer deal following a breakthrough in talks.