It was clear during the first half of last season that Mikel Arteta didn’t trust Joe Willock enough to give him regular playing time with Arsenal’s first team, having played just 7 Premieres. League until January.
But after being loaned out to Newcastle and given a consistent streak, Willock has scored an incredible eight goals in 14 appearances to help the Toon move away from the relegation fight.
After such sensational form, it made sense for Arteta to use the Londoner more regularly this season, but now, according to the Mirror, Willock is set to return to the North East for another season on loan.
Willock did not appear in Arsenal’s friendly at Hibs on Tuesday and Arteta appeared to refuse to accept Willock be on his squad this season. After saying Smith-Rowe remains’ 100% ‘at Arsenal, Arteta said of Willock:’ Joe is part of our plans, he’s our player and while he’s here we’ll try to make the best of it. gone from him, ”
“He had a great loan experience. He was, I think, one of the most important players for [Newcastle’s] survival.”
So, Arteta didn’t say Willock remains ‘100%’ at Arsenal like he did with Smith-Rowe, so it seems likely that the Newcastle rumors are true, but with the 21-year-old showing Such a great form on loan, it makes no sense not to give him the chance to reproduce that form in the Emirates this coming season.
He has scored more goals in his last 7 games for Newcastle than the rest of our midfielders throughout the season.
This loan, with a purchase option announced next summer, does it make sense to Arsenal fans?