Rio Ferdinand has claimed that he was baffled by Arsenal’s decision to sell Joe Willock to Newcastle United last week.
The young Englishman spent a spectacular loan spell at Tyneside in the second half of last season. He became a fan favourite at Newcastle and everyone associated with the club wanted him back on a permanent deal.
Steve Bruce tried for weeks and it almost got to the stage where it looked like it wouldn’t happen. Thankfully for him, Arsenal finally budged and Willock joined Newcastle United for £25 million. (Goal)
Ferdinand: Arsenal selling Willock is baffling
Ferdinand has been a big fan of Willock for a few months now. He was constantly raving about the Arsenal man’s performances out on loan last season, and he now can’t believe that we’ve sold him.
The former Manchester United man said on Vibe with Five: “The big one for me is Willock.
“How many goals did he score last season – seven, eight or nine goals? Arsenal are letting goals like that leave the squad. I don’t know. I was baffled by that one.”
Was selling Willock a bizarre decision?
When you consider how well Willock did on loan at Newcastle in the final few weeks of last season and compare it with goals scored by Arsenal midfielders over the last two years, it really is a bizarre decision to get rid of him.
However, the Englishman had entered the final two years of his contract and he wanted to play every week. Mikel Arteta simply could not guarantee that this summer, which pushed Willock to decide that a move away to Newcastle was the best thing for him.
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As for Arsenal, £25 million is a fair price all things considered. His contract situation, desire to leave the club and lack of competition for his signature give us no opportunity to demand more, and that is the reason why we had to take what we could get from Newcastle and move on.