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Ex-Arsenal whiz Crowley hits out at English development system

Willem II midfielder Dan Crowley has hit out at the English development system.

The 21-year-old midfielder, formerly of Arsenal, is set to start for Willem II in their Dutch Cup final against giants Ajax on Sunday.

He told Goal: "The thing with Arsenal is they play a certain way and not many teams play that way – and I think that's a problem as well.

“They don't teach you about going on loan to the lower league clubs - to go from such a big club like Arsenal, playing with great players, to then playing a completely different way in League One.

“That's what's wrong with the youth system in England. That's nothing against the first team because the first team have to win, they don't have the time really to worry about the young players. So, I don't put any blame on them.

“But something does have to change and that's why everyone is coming out to Holland and Germany, because they need game time."

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