Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has a lot of really tough decisions to make at the end of this season. The summer transfer window will arguably be our most important one in recent years – not just in terms of new signings, but outgoings too.
The futures of many of our players is up in the air. David Luiz’s deal will expire soon, while Alexandre Lacazette and Matteo Guendouzi will enter the final year of their contracts.
Lucas Torreira wants to leave, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock’s futures are uncertain as well. The latter’s situation is arguably the most interesting one for Arteta.
Willock has been on fire for Newcastle United since joining them on loan. The young Englishman has almost single-handedly kept them in the Premier League with three extremely important goals off the bench against Tottenham, West Ham and most recently, Liverpool.
Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has already claimed that he would love to sign Willock on a permanent deal. The Telegraph revealed that Arsenal would be open to letting him leave for just £20 million as well, which surprised a few fans considering his recent form.
Rio Ferdinand has had his say on the situation. He has urged Arteta to bring Willock back into the mix and has hinted that selling him would be a very bad decision in the upcoming summer transfer window.
Ferdinand: I really like Willock
He said on Vibe with Five: “You know what, I like Joe Willock. He’s someone at Arsenal that I would have kept. He’s a good young player. If Arsenal don’t take him back and have him around that squad… I don’t know, man.
“I really like him and I like his personality. He’s not shy to come on the big stage and play and perform. And the last three goals he’s scored have been massive goals for Newcastle. It shows he’s got the temperament.”
It will be interesting to see what Arteta decides. Keeping hold of Willock would be the smart idea considering how short we will be in midfield next season. However, if the Arsenal boss wants him gone, we should be looking at a lot more than just £20 million.