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On debut, Arsenal's Joe Willock sets new club record on loan at Newcastle United

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It was a tough decision for Joe Willock to leave Arsenal and join Newcastle United on loan. The midfielder has been a part of our club since he was four, but he had no place in the side – at least until the end of this season.

Mikel Arteta has always spoken highly of Willock. It is claimed by many sources that the young English midfielder is still in Arsenal’s long-term plans, and this move to St. James’ Park is just to help him get some experience.

Willock made his debut for Newcastle United in their Premier League game against Southampton on Saturday. The Englishman took just 16 minutes to score, and he played a key part in helping the Magpies get all three points.

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Record-breaker, history maker

The Arsenal man’s 16th-minute strike made it the quickest goal by a Magpies’ debutant since the start of the Premier League almost two decades ago.

That is some record when you think about the players Newcastle have had over the years.

Willock is also Newcastle’s second youngest ever player to score on his debut, only behind Matty Longstaff who scored the winner for Steve Bruce’s men against Manchester United last season.

Does Willock have a future at Arsenal?

The 21-year-old has always been someone who has divided opinion. When he plays well, he dominates the game. However, when it’s not going great for him, people start to question what really he brings to the table.

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However, Willock is definitely one to keep an eye on. The Englishman is someone who can drive into the opposition third by dribbling past three or four players with considerable ease.

His late runs into the box are almost impossible to defend against and his finishing when he arrives into the area is brilliant as well, as we saw against Southampton on Saturday.

A six-month loan spell at Newcastle will do Willock a world of good. He will get a consistent run of games and he can finally show the world what he’s made of.

If he impresses, Arteta and Arsenal fans will welcome him back with open arms in the summer.

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