Willock’s tremendous loan spell

Arsenal’s Joe Willock enjoyed a productive loan spell at Newcastle in the second half of the 2020-21 season.

Failing to nail down a place in Mikel Arteta’s plans, the young midfielder was sent on loan to the North East club, where he excelled, netting 8 times in fourteen appearances.

However, he failed to appear in Arsenal’s opening pre-season defeat to Hibernian, with Arteta explaining that:

“Well he (Willock) wasn’t involved today because he had a little groin issue. He trained yesterday really well but we didn’t want to risk him.”

The Spaniard went on to suggest that Willock would remain at the Emirates stadium for the upcoming season, saying:

Joe is part of our plans, he’s our player and in the time that he is here we will try to make the most out of him. He had a great experience on loan. He was, I think one of the most important players for their survival.”

Newcastle believe they are close to signing the youngster

Despite Arteta’s words to the contrary, a recent report in the Telegraph suggests that Newcastle think Willock could soon be their man.

The Magpies have been keen on signing the 21-year-old throughout the summer, with Steve Bruce earlier saying that:

“It’s a double-edged sword because of him probably doing too well but let’s see what happens. We’ll see over the summer if we can test their resolve.”

And, if the Telegraph are to be believed, they have managed to persuade the Gunners to part with their asset. The report begins:

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“Newcastle United believe they are close to finalising a deal that will see Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock return to the club”

Perhaps fortunately for Arsenal fans, the report continues:

“Telegraph Sport understands Willock is initially likely to return on loan to St James’ Park”. 

It even suggests that the Gunners may offer Willock a new contract ahead of any deal, in order to retain his value. Any deal remains subject to Arteta giving the green light, but the Telegraph imply that shouldn’t be a problem, with the Spaniard apparently favouring a loan move for the youngster.

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