Young Arsenal centre back Daniel Boateng has joined Oxford United on loan until January 2013.

The 19-year-old made his first-team debut for the Gunners in last season’s Carling Cup fourth-round victory over Bolton Wanderers.

He supplemented that experience at the end of the 2011/12 season with a two-month loan spell at Paolo Di Canio’s Swindon, where he played twice for the Robins as they sealed automatic promotion to League One.

Boateng now heads back to League Two to gain further experience at senior level.

Daniel has been a regular for the reserves since first breaking through from the Under-18s in 2009/10 and has now made 32 appearances for the second string, captaining the side on a number of occasions.

His most recent outing was for the Under-21s in last Saturday’s 3-0 win over Blackburn, while he was also a member of Arsène Wenger's first-team squad that won the pre-season Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup.

The Enfield-born youngster joined the Gunners’ Hale End academy aged 11, and signed a new contract in November 2011.

Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wishes Daniel the best of luck during his time with Chris Wilder’s side.

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28 Aug 2012