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Arsenal Under-21 latest: Crowley picks up ankle problem, Teens star for non-league Boreham Wood

A round up of the latest news from Arsenal’s Academy and youth teams from the past week.

Highly rated Arsenal youngster Dan Crowley suffered an injury setback as Arsenal’s under-21 side lost 3-1 at Middlesbrough. The player, widely described as the ‘next Jack Wilshere’ was stretchered off during the defeat with an ankle problem after recent impressive performances for the Gunners’ youth teams.

Arsenal are to offer scholar terms to 13 future stars. The Gunners are ready to give several talented teenagers a chance at progressing through the youth team system at the club including Chris Willock, a 15-year-old who has already been training with the first team.

Arsenal loan stars Anthony Jeffrey and Austin Lipman got on the score sheet for non-league club Boreham Wood in a 5-0 win at Dorchester Town. Jeffrey (19) and Lipman (18) have moved to the Conference South side to enhance their first team experience.

Arsenal’s association with Lithuanian youngsters Donatas Kazlauskas and Dovydas Virksas with Arsenal’s Academy Twitter feed suggesting earlier this week that the two teenagers could be offered a second trial with the club. Both Kazlauskas and Virksas spent time with the Gunners under-21 team last week.

Chuba Akpom has been sent on loan to League One side Brentford. The 18-year-old bagged a hat-trick for Arsenal in their FA Youth Cup win against Peterborough United last week and he has joined the League One leaders until February 15, when he’ll return to improve on his three goals and three assists for Arsenal in the UEFA Youth League.

First team star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain helped Arsenal’s under-21 side to a 1-0 win over Fulham in the Premier League Cup. The winger managed 48 minutes, looking a level above the opposition but it was a sole strike from Thomas Eisfeld which saw the Gunners over the line.

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