If there’s one Arsenal loanee who has really stepped up his game, it’s Joe Willock.
The young Englishman has been on fire for Newcastle United in recent weeks. Willock has featured for just 20 minutes in the Magpies’ last three Premier League games, and the Arsenal midfielder has scored twice in that period.
That is a staggering record on its own, but when you hear who he has scored against, it will make things a whole lot sweeter.
Willock came off the bench for the final 11 minutes against Tottenham at the start of this month and scored to save the game. He repeated that feat against another one of Arsenal’s London rivals in West Ham this weekend, but this time, his goal was the winner.
Arsenal fans, predictably, are loving Willock’s performances out on loan. It’s a shame to see him not start more often, but he is having a huge impact off the bench, and Mikel Arteta is absolutely delighted.
He said about Willock, as per Arsenal.com: “I’m really happy with Joe because he scored a massive goal for their club. So when he produces big moments like that, for a young talent like him it’s very satisfying.
“Joe can do it, he’s got the ability and the desire and now he needs more consistency in terms of minutes and performances. That’s great for his development and that’s why we believed it [the loan to Newcastle] was the right option.”
The Insider’s View:
A few weeks ago, it looked almost certain that Arsenal would cash-in on Willock. The young Englishman didn’t seem to have a future at the Emirates, and a permanent move away this summer looked likely.
However, with a couple of brilliant displays out on loan, Arteta could change his mind.
Arsenal will be short in midfield this summer if Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira are sold. Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard will return to Real Madrid, while it looks like Ainsley Maitland-Niles has no future at the Emirates.
Willock, if he continues to score regularly for Newcastle, could make a case for himself at Arsenal. It’s clear that Arteta really likes him, but even if he has no future at the Emirates, he is doing his transfer value no harm with his performances.