Photo: Arsenal's Dan Crowley training with Aston Villa's Gary Gardner

Italy's Tommaso Fantacci in action against England's Daniel Crowley

Former Aston Villa youngster pictured alongside pal.

Arsenal's Daniel CrowleyArsenal's Daniel Crowley

It is three years since talented teenager Dan Crowley swapped Aston Villa's academy for Arsenal's.

The England youth international has continued to show his talent at youth level, but is yet to make his first team debut for the Gunners.

He clearly still remains pals with old connections at Aston Villa, taking part in a training session with Gary Gardner yesterday. 

Gardner remains part of Aston Villa's squad, and while he has spent time on loan at Nottingham Forest in both of the last two seasons, but could be a key player for them next season now they have dropped down into the Championship.

The fact the duo are taking part in June training sessions rather than partying it up abroad during the off-season, shows the dedication they both have to being successful next season.

Gary Gardner (C) celebrates scoring the first goal for Nottingham ForestGary Gardner (C) celebrates scoring the first goal for Nottingham Forest

Crowley will be hoping to make an impression at Arsenal in pre-season and show he can be a part of their first team squad for next season.

He impressed on loan at Barnsley last season, and oddly enough, a move back on loan to former club Aston Villa might be just what he needs, if the regular football he wants at Arsenal does not materialise.

England manager Roy Hodgson talks to Arsenal's Daniel Crowley during trainingEngland manager Roy Hodgson talks to Arsenal's Daniel Crowley during training

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