Crowley could feature against Bayern Munich U19s if Barnsley loan is cut short

The Star

The Star

Dan Crowley could represent Arsenal again much sooner than had initially been anticipated, amidst reports that his loan spell with Barnsley has ended early.

Neither club have yet confirmed that Crowley has returned to the Gunners, but something certainly appeared amiss when the midfielder was substituted at half-time against Fleetwood Town last weekend.

The 18-year-old, who is regarded as one of Arsenal’s brightest prospects, was expected to remain with Barnsley until at least January, and the youngster got off to an impressive start for his temporary club, setting up a goal on his debut against Chesterfield and also scoring his first professional goal against Everton.

Crowley has been used in a range of positions at Barnsley, including as an attacking midfielder, a central-midfielder and on the right flank, but hasn’t featured prominently in recent weeks.

If the England U19 international has indeed returned to Arsenal then there is a strong chance that he could feature against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Youth League next week, especially with Jeff Reine-Adelaide still at the U17 World Cup.

Crowley is already registered to play in that competition and thrived on the European stage for the young Gunners last season. It looks likely, though, that he will leave Barnsley having made just 12 appearances for the Tykes.

The midfielder, who joined Arsenal from Aston Villa in 2013, is highly rated by Arsene Wenger and featured for the first-team in pre-season.



  1. with OX and Theo now out for 3 weeks injured, might Crowley actually make the first team squad, as things stand Campbell is likely to get in the starting 11, leaving Iwobi as the only attacking option for the bench, Crowley might be the one to step in.

    1. Agreed. Would’nt mind seeing him start though as campbells final ball is worse than mine. honestly think Reine-Aderlaide should start for the first team on the right when he comes Back from France U19

  2. Joel Campbell has won knock-out games in the World Cup and he’s won key Champions League games while in Greece. He may be struggling, but he’s a physically strong player who understands high stakes. I love young players (that’s why I come read Jeorge’s blog!) but it’s always odd that so many people want to throw in the young kids because they’re hopeful and disenchanted with an older player.

    Crowley’s coming home disappointed from the 3rd division and you want him in the team as an impact sub? Iwobi is at least a physically impressive young man, but Campbell’s experience (or Gibbs) is the clearly the way to go for our next 3 fixtures. We have so many playmakers, and as a complement, what we need tactical, ball-winning wing play.

    We need tenacious, physical full internationals on the pitch against Swansea, Bayner, and Sp*rs. Not boys. We’re fortunate at Arsenal to have so many senior players that make the game look easy. It’s not, though. It’s really not 🙂

  3. What you guys think about Zelalem? Is he ready to be squad player for us this season if he’s coming back in january? Could he do the nr. 10 role temporarily if needed? Actually i think he could be staying with Rangers to the end of season, and that’s propably the best option for him. But i think he will make it here, and next season he could be ready to play 10 or 20 games for us.

  4. People keep saying he’s been sent back, but I hardly doubt that its a coincidence the day after we pick up two injuries essentially throwing us into a crisis we recall a loan player. Sure, he hasn’t featured in recent weeks, but that’s to be expected of a player embarking on his first loan spell. Plus he’s already featured in 13 matches which, once again, is not an insignificant number of matches for a teenager in his first loan. I believe recalling him was Arsenal’s choice. He was only loan till January and I believe (correct me if i’m wrong) its much harder, or perhaps not allowed, to recall players on season long loans. Otherwise, Gnabry would have been the first to be recalled, if not him then Toral, Akpom, or Zelalem.

  5. Jorge, sorry to ask again.
    Any idea why Dan Crawley’s loan was terminated prematurely?
    If this was a simple case of a player being recall by his parent club, why not say so and kill in the bud any rumour?
    Or is it link to the rumour that one of the two famous premiership players who will come out next week allegedly plays for Arsenal?

    Tony Pulis has surpassed himself: Gnabry is not ready to play premiership football. This a player who before his injury Joachim Lowe was thinking of selecting for the World Cup in Brazil. World Cup that the Germany won. I would trust the German coach’s judgement a lot more than the Long throw’s abuser.

  6. On Gnabry, the positive is he was included in the squad we submitted on September 1st (as an under-21 player). – Dan Crowley was also named in this so is eligable to play.
    However, season long loans between PL clubs can only be terminated during the transfer window as far as I am aware. And unless we have a recall clause it is down to WBA to terminate the loan, not us.

    In the case of Crowley and was he sent back or recalled – I would assume we have constant contact with the clubs we loan players to and it is possibly something that came about as a mutual decision. They probably didn’t see him getting much game time in the relegation battle they are getting themselves into (they were fancied for promotion 3 months ago.)

  7. jeorge I see Marcus Agyei-Tabi has been called up by England U17’s up coming games v Germany, does his selection mean he has chosen to turn his back on Ireland, who he played for at the Euro U17’s in the summer, or is it merely England selecting him to force him to chose.

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