By Nik Brumsack
Daniel Boateng believes another loan move would be a step in the right direction as he looks to establish himself as a member of Arsenal’s first-team squad.
Speaking to Arsenal.com after Saturday's 0-0 draw at Stevenage, the 19 year old, who spent time at Swindon Town last season, outlined his aims for the coming campaign.
"I've spoken to the manager and I think that at this point in my career, it's important that I play as much competitive first team football as I can,” Boateng told Arsenal.com.
"Going on loan is going to make me stronger as a person, and hopefully push me closer to becoming a member of the first team."
Boateng made two appearances while at Swindon and, though he was disappointed not to feature more, the versatile defender learnt a lot from his spell with the League Two champions.
"It was important for me to be around a team that was winning most weeks,” he said. “The environment at the club was positive and I was impressed with the training.
“The manager [Paolo Di Canio] is the most enthusiastic man I've ever met. He's a very good manager. I would like to have played more though, because then I would have learnt even more than I did.”
After making his first-team debut at home to Bolton in last season’s League Cup, Boateng also started this summer’s opening pre-season friendly against Belgian champions Anderlecht.
That was a major boost for the teenager but he recognises that another spell away from Arsenal could be hugely beneficial.
"I was pleased to start against Anderlecht. It was a tough game but I thought I did well,” he said.
“Now I just want to get a good loan, do very well and then spend more time with the first team at Arsenal next season."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 31 Jul 2012