Arsenal signing keen to learn at Oxford United

Daniel Boateng made his U's debut on Tuesday

Daniel Boateng made his U's debut on Tuesday

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DANIEL Boateng is looking to gain as much experience as possible at Oxford United during a loan spell from Arsenal.

The 19-year-old, who has made one appearance for Arsene Wenger’s first-team, will be with the U’s until January.

Boateng made his debut as a substitute in the 3-0 defeat at Leeds United on Tuesday and will be in the squad at York City tomorrow.

The versatile defender is keen to make the most of the opportunity.

He said: “To be honest, in terms of the age I’m at now it’s just a matter of getting games.

“Centre backs don’t really break through until 22, so it’s all about learning my trade.”

Boateng’s only other senior experience came in a loan spell at Swindon last season which lasted just two games.

He said: “I had a taste, but it wasn’t enough, so I’m back to put things right.

“It’s a lot quicker and everyone down in League Two is strong.

“In the reserves you have time and space and can get away with a few things, but here there’s no chance of that, especially in the air.”

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