Crowley creates two goals on Arsenal debut as Raage also impresses

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Two of Arsenal's new boys made their first appearances in Arsenal shirts this evening.

At the turn of the month we took a look at four players tipped to complete moves to Arsenal, which included young guns Jamaal Raage and Dan Crowley.

While Arsenal's main squad of stars, plus several hotly tipped youngsters, are off in the Far East on tour - the teenagers left behind are busy trying to make an impression.

The club's reserves took on Sutton United on Friday evening, and it provided both Crowley and Raage with opportunities to make their debuts.

Crowley has signed from Aston Villa, and has been compared to Jack Wilshere by a couple of the national papers. A lazy comparison for a teenage English midfield player perhaps but high praise nonetheless.

Raage is a Swedish forward signed from Brommapojkarna, who impressed after a successful trial with the club last year.

Crowley was the one who got the start, operating between midfield and attack, and at the age of just 15-years-old was highly impressive.

He had fans raving about his performance on Twitter;

While Arsenal's official website also picked out Crowley for particular praise in a 4-3 win for the Gunners:

"The performance of Dan Crowley, making his debut after signing from Aston Villa, was a particular highlight. The 15-year-old was composed in possession, clever on the ball and always seemed to find a yard of space."

Crowley ended the game with two assists, if you include winning a free-kick as one, when he was brought down on the edge of the box.

Midfielder Jack Jebb curled home an impressive free-kick after Anthony Jeffrey had scored the Gunners' first goal. Captain Isaac Hayden scored a third before Crowley got in on the act again.

His quick footwork allowed him to put in a cross for Jack Jebb to score his second of the game, and the goal which proved to be the winner for Arsenal.

And that was just in the first half. He was one of nine starters substituted at half-time as the club rotated their options. Notable players brought on were Wellington Silva, back from his loan in the Spanish lower leagues, and other debutant Jamaal Raage.

The Swede played on the right of midfield and won praise from the official Arsenal site as 'looking lively throughout', while also winning praise on Twitter for his performance, if less polished than that of Crowley.

Crowley was seen as the next jewel of Aston Villa's talented production line, with the Midlands club triumphing in the NextGen Series, and Arsenal have clearly done well to prise him away.

Next season when the club head off on pre-season, don't be surprised to see Crowley following the footsteps of Gedion Zelalem and being invited on board.

For the moment, his debut has shown he is going to be a real player to watch over the course of the season ahead.

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