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Report: Hale End academy graduate indicates to Arsenal he wants to leave

Joe Willock has reportedly indicated to Arsenal that he wants to return to Newcastle United this summer.

90min claim that the Hale End academy graduate is permitted to decide his future his summer.

As per the report, Willock wants to leave Arsenal for the Toon on a second loan spell.

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The midfielder flourished with the Magpies last, with Willock scored eight goals in 14 matches as Newcastle claimed 12th in the Premier League standings.

His form under Steve Bruce has led to rampant speculation about the 21-year-old’s future. Willock has a contract with Arsenal until 202. And Mikel Arteta has indicated via Football London that he wants to retain the midfielder.

However, there is no indication as of yet whether or not the midfielder will be guaranteed regular first-team football at Arsenal.

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The midfielder made plenty of appearances for the Gunners last season. But, most of these were late substitute cameos off the bench or starts in Europe and cup competitions.

With Arsenal not competing in continental football for the first time in 26 years, opportunities could be few and far between for Willock.

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Willock proved with the Toon last season that he has the quality to play in the Premier League.

And with Arsenal lacking an attacking midfielder who possess the traits the Hale End youngster has, Arteta could find a space in the team for the 21-year-old.

However, a lack of guaranteed first-team football could be a real issue, once again, for Willock. Especially with zero European competitions for Arsenal this season.

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It is encouraging that Willock has been given the choice to decide what he thinks is best for him for next season.

Yet Arteta could risk losing the trust of another talented prospect if the Basque manager does not award Willock first-team minutes next season if he ultimately decides to stay.

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