By Abigail Withey
Promising Arsenal star Dan Crowley has completed a permanent move away from the Emirates and has joined Dutch outfit Willem II Tilburg.
Arsenal confirmed the 19-year-old’s departure in an announcement on the club’s official website, where the Gunners wished the playmaker well at his new club.
The former Under 19 England International has climbed the ranks within the Arsenal academy after moving from the Aston Villa development squad at the age of 15 in 2013.
During his time with the Gunners the attacker made regular appearances for both the Under 18 and Under 23 squads.
Crowley made a total of 36 appearances for the Under 23 team throughout his time at the club where he scored six goals and provided two assists before moving on to the Dutch side.
The teenager spent half of last season on loan at Dutch outfit Go Ahead Eagles where he made 16 league appearances and netted two goals for his loan club.
Football Insider verdict
It’s a shame that Crowley didn’t get to develop further at Arsenal and make his senior team debut at the Emirates, but a move away to get more regular playing time is definitely the most beneficial thing. Crowley made a number of love moves to clubs such as Barnsley and Oxford, but on hi return he was still unable to break into the Arsenal first team. A move away from the club is the best thing for the former England Under 19 especially as his academy team mates like Cohen Bramall, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson were all taken on the Gunners’ pre-season tour of Australia and China where they made their senior debuts last week. However, it may have been better for Crowley to stay within English football and develop his skills within the Premier League or at least in the Championship to help progress with his skills as he definitely has the potential.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Ian Wright believes they should sell Theo Walcott for £30million.