Arsenal youth coach calms hype surrounding wonderkid

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Arsenal U18 coach Carl Laraman welcomes praise for the young guns, providing it's shared equally across his team.

The Arsenal academy has long been a conveyor belt of talent - both British and foreign - and has seen the promotion of, most recently and famously, Jack Wilshere.

When there may well be another technically-exquisite 16-year-old excelling amongst his peers, seemingly ready for progression into the next level of football, who has been likened to Wilshere, promoted by Jack himself and was at the heart of the Under-18s 6-1 victory over Peterborough earlier in the week, that player will no doubt attract the media glare.

That player, Dan Crowley, who scored twice and assisted four times against Peterborough, has been hailed as the star of the show, despite the hat-trick struck by Chuba Akpom and his coach, Carl Laraman, has been swift to calm the hype surrounding Crowley's seemingly sunny future, claiming that the side's FA Youth Cup progression is because of their talent as a unit, rather than an individual.

'When Dan's in the top third and does it right he's a very good player but I don't want to highlight just Dan Crowley,' said Laraman on the club's official website of his trequartista jewel.

He added: 'I thought the team in general were very good and they followed a gameplan, they were efficient so I was pleased with everyone including the lads who came on and the lads who didn't play. It's a squad thing and I don't like to single out individual players but I'll give you that he played well.'

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