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Youngest since Reyes: Arsenal youngster achieves remarkable feat out on loan

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Arsenal youngster Joe Willock is surprising everybody in the Premier League with his performances for Newcastle United on loan.

The 21-year-old was sent out to gain some experience, but nobody expected him to have the kind of impact he has over the last six weeks. Many felt he would be sold this summer, but after five goals in his last five league appearances, things could change.

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Scoring five in five is hard enough in the Premier League but doing so against Tottenham, West Ham, Liverpool, Leicester and most recently against Manchester City is a whole different thing.

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Willock is now a Premier League star and it’s time for Mikel Arteta to acknowledge that. If his performances aren’t enough evidence to see that he’s good enough, maybe his record compared to a few Premier League greats will make a convincing argument.

The Arsenal academy graduate is the youngest player to score in five consecutive Premier League games since Arsenal legend Jose Antonio Reyes. He’s also the young Englishman to achieve that since 2001 Ballon d’Or winner Michael Owen.

That really is a remarkable achievement, especially considering that he had only started 12 Premier League games in his career before joining Newcastle United on loan in the January transfer window.

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Should Arsenal sell Joe Willock?

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claimed last week that Arsenal will demand over £30 million just to start negotiations for Willock. (The Arsenal Lounge on YouTube) That will most likely push Newcastle out, but multiple other clubs could well express their interest.

£30 million is a lot of money for Arsenal at the moment, especially if the Kroenkes tell Edu to raise all the funds we need through player sales only. That could force the Gunners to sell Willock, but it wouldn’t be a smart idea, would it?

The youngster has already shown that he can deliver against some of the biggest teams in the country. He has all the traits to succeed at the top level, and to see him do that at a rival club instead of at the Emirates will show that we haven’t learnt a thing since selling the likes of Serge Gnabry and Donyell Malen.

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