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Arsenal ace Joe Willock makes shock claim about Allan Saint-Maximin

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Arsenal loanee Joe Willock spoke to Sky Sports this week about the quickest player at Newcastle United at the moment.

If that question was asked to you, you’d be quick to say Allan Saint-Maximan. The Frenchman is absolutely rapid, and once he gets going, it’s almost impossible to stop to him.

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Willock was asked about the fastest player at St. James’ Park and he admitted that it’s probably Saint-Maximin. However, he surprisingly claimed that his speed is ‘up there’ with the former Nice star, and teammate Callum Wilson agreed with him.

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He said: “It’s probably Allan but he’s not 93 (pace rating on his FIFA Ultimate Team card). I don’t think he’s a 93. I’m up there if you’re talking about top speed.”

Responding to the 75 pace rating on his own card, Willock said: “The people doing the ratings at FIFA need to look at people’s high speeds, get more data on players before they rate them.

Wilson added: “He’s (Saint-Maximin) so sharp. His acceleration is so sharp, but if you’re talking about top speed, Joe’s up there.”

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Joe Willock really is quick

Willock claiming that he’s just as quick as Saint-Maximin may come as a shock to many people, but Freddie Ljungberg made this clear five months ago.

The Gunners legend said on Sky Sports during their coverage of Arsenal’s 0-0 draw at Leeds United in November: “I rate him (Willock) very highly.

“If you use him as a box-to-box player he will score goals, and he is just as quick as Aubameyang when he opens up his legs – he’s a very fast player.”

Willock has almost singlehandedly saved Newcastle from relegation this season. The Magpies would love to build their team around him, but if it was up to Arsenal supporters, he’ll be going nowhere.

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