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Willock Gets Run Out In Pre-Season Friendly For Arsenal



Joe Willock got his first run-out in pre-season on Saturday in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw at Rangers. Willock was part of six changes for the Gunners in the 64th minute.

The midfielder was held back in Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at Hibernian in mid-week. Mikel Arteta revealed afterward that he was not risked due to a minor groin issue. He also asserted that Willock was in his plans though it was a carefully worded response.

Newcastle are pushing to get the 21-year-old back on loan for this season. Recent reports claim Newcastle are confident that a deal could be struck but how soon is anyone’s guess.

Willock really enjoyed his spell on Tyneside last season and admitted a return could be an option after the final match of last season. It would make sense that if he’s not going to get guaranteed playing time next year at the Emirates, Newcastle would be his preferred destination.

The Chronicle have published the following from Football London’s Arsenal correspondent Chris Wheatley on Willock’s view of a return to Newcastle.

Willock really enjoyed his loan spell at Newcastle. He particularly liked living close to Northumberland’s sandy beaches and flourished under Steve Bruce who made him a key player in the team.

He is certainly keen on a move up there if it benefits his development and he’ll play regularly.

The next marker to watch for is when Arsenal jet off to America and if Willock joins them. They face Inter Milan in the Florida Cup on July 25th and will depart sometime next week. If a deal is at all close, Arsenal may not want to risk travel complications by bringing Willock to the states.

Arteta is in the process of rebuilding his squad and new signing Nuno Tavares scored a goal this afternoon. Arsenal are also very close to adding midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht for around £17.5m.

The Gunners have reached an agreement in principle for Brighton’s Ben White in a £50m deal. Midfielder Granit Xhaka could be on his way out with him agreeing on personal terms with Jose Mourinho’s Roma. He is pushing for a move but no deal between the clubs has yet been reached.

There is a lot of movement at Arsenal at the moment that could impact Willock’s future. He’s not likely to get the game time he would at Newcastle and that could be the determining factor in him returning next season.


50 comments so far

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 18, 2021 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Surely when the consortium provides evidence that PIF and the Saudi State are separate entities, that PIF will be running the club, not the Saudi State, it’s up to the EPL to police it, rather than pre judge the veracity of it.

    Checks and balances exist against financial doping, sports washing etc. It surely can’t be enough to merely suspect the consortium, at the bidding of the Saudi State, might act in contravention of FFP rules.

    It’s hard to see how the arbitration doesn’t go in the consortiums favor. It’s hard to imagine there’s actually sufficient hard evidence to stop it.

    17
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 18, 2021 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #2

    No brainer for him. Play week in, week out, in front of 50, 000 fans in the best football stadium in the country, and quite probably for exciting new owners. Or sit on the bench or in the stands, or play for the reserves at Arsenal. Not to mention the attractions of Northumberland, which are world class, although not so sure about those North East winters, let’s be honest.

    12
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 18, 2021 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s a shame we have these Itk’s getting off on trying to break news that it isn’t. It’s purely opportunistic. A story breaks that we’re in talks with Arsenal over Willock, which was always going to happen since he left here. However, the fact that he is left out of the Arsenal team makes it a very plausible story that a fee has been agreed, a get out clause is that we’re just waiting for Arsenal to green light it. Very much each to their own but I really don’t understand why people don’t mind being fed BS and some actually say they enjoy it. I get it that there’s is nothing better than getting some good news, especially if it’s before it’s hit the papers. What is enjoyable about getting excited about news that isn’t true that some weirdo has gotten kicks from thinking you believe it?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 18, 2021 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #4

    I also get it that these itk’s, the newest being a guy called Sean Casey are just passing on what they’ve been told, but surely if 95% of what you were being told was duff then you’d start to question the person passing it on and stop sharing it.

    11
  • The Prince's Mate

    Jul 18, 2021 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Yaaaawn….see you on the darkside of the moon xxx

    4
  • Mund

    Jul 18, 2021 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Pereira apparently available for loan, we need to be all over that.

    Him and Willock in the midfield 😎

    7
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 18, 2021 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #7

    Is that what you’ve been told Mund.

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  • NY Mag

    Jul 18, 2021 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Jail,

    I can tell you nothing, cos I haven’t been told anything, cos I got no friends 🙁
    I’m a proper NTK (nothing to know)

    But, I’m always on the lookout for a good source (sauce…spicy)

    3
  • ChicoUSA

    Jul 18, 2021 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #9

    EGBill
    Hey Bill! Yeah, we have a number of wildfires burning here in Northern California….the nearest about 20 miles southeast of Chico.

    Unfortunately these fires are becoming all too common these past few years. Many of our lakes and reservoirs are nearly all dried up! Too little rain over past years.

    Meanwhile in Germany and other parts of Europe… 🙁

    4
  • NY Mag

    Jul 18, 2021 at 1:58 AM

    Comment #10

    Chico,

    You can have some of our weather if you want….the heavens have just opened and it’s absolutely pouring down.

    Although, I kinda like it when it rains on an evening…..

    4
  • ChicoUSA

    Jul 18, 2021 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #11

    Bill,
    We’ll take all your excess water! Instead of an oil pipeline going from Canada south to the gulf coast, we really need water pipelines going east to west! 😉

    I would love to have a huge downpour here! You can keep the lightening though!

    2
  • ChicoUSA

    Jul 18, 2021 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #12

    Oops, that last was to NY! Senior moment! 😉

    4
  • NY Mag

    Jul 18, 2021 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #13

    Chico,

    There’s something quite serene about sitting outside on the porch on an evening when it’s absolutely teaming down outside…..I quite like it actually 🙂

    I hope you’re keeping well, and best wishes for a soaking sometime soon 🙂

    4
  • ChicoUSA

    Jul 18, 2021 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #14

    NY,
    Not much in life more serene than a summer rain! Unfortunately the folks in Europe getting wayyyy too much of that!

    All is well here mate, besides the smoke in the air! Looking forward to the new season kicking off. Hope we are celebrating a takeover of the club soon, though as with you, I know nothing! 🙂

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 18, 2021 at 2:47 AM

    Comment #15

    In an ideal world it would rain solid from 12 am to 06 am and then glorious sunshine all day.

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  • ChicoUSA

    Jul 18, 2021 at 2:51 AM

    Comment #16

    Jail,
    That would work too!

    BTW: Thanks for adding me to the H2H FF league!

    1
  • Just a Skinny Steve Bruce

    Jul 18, 2021 at 3:08 AM

    Comment #17

    I’m a typical Brit. I like to complain about all weathers equally.
    😉

    7
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 18, 2021 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #18

    Chico,
    I need to get at least another six members, I think we’ll do well to get 40 as a few have dropped out and there’s a few in div II I’ve never even heard of, I think they must have been random lurkers to make up the numbers, I definitely think we’ll have a division of 20 and one of ten, I’ll have another recruitment drive tomorrow afternoon when I get up.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 18, 2021 at 3:11 AM

    Comment #19

    It is absolute torture working in this heat, luckily we’re doing very little of it 😀

    3
  • NY Mag

    Jul 18, 2021 at 3:49 AM

    Comment #20

    JassB,

    I like your thinking on that one …….at least we all twist about everything equally 🙂

    1
  • NY Mag

    Jul 18, 2021 at 3:55 AM

    Comment #21

    Jail,
    Never complain about getting paid for doing very little….

    The opposite is far worse 🙁

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 18, 2021 at 4:09 AM

    Comment #22

    No complaints here, sitting listening to my favourite Dutch band Doe Maar sorting out my FPL spreadsheet, I like it 😀

    0
  • Scythe For Bruce

    Jul 18, 2021 at 4:09 AM

    Comment #23

    Lots of rain here too, which is to be expected as I’m not too far from NY Mag. We’ve had a few flash floods, but we’re on a slight incline so it mostly washes right past the house. I’d definitely take too much rain than what’s happening over on the west coast. That’s my worst nightmare so I hope everyone over there is safe and coping with this extreme weather.

    5
  • Scythe For Bruce

    Jul 18, 2021 at 4:10 AM

    Comment #24

    Jail

    Cheers for giving out the FFL codes randomly throughout the day as I’m not about much. Looks like we’ve been getting a canny response so far 🙂

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 18, 2021 at 4:12 AM

    Comment #25

    Scythe,
    No bother, I’ve got my H2H recruitment spiel copied to my Ink Pad app, so I thought I might as well stick the code for the big league on as well.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 18, 2021 at 4:17 AM

    Comment #26

    Doe Maar,
    A bit of SKA I guess
    https://youtu.be/-9uNzryExS4

    0
  • Just a Skinny Steve Bruce

    Jul 18, 2021 at 4:19 AM

    Comment #27

    I’m back to work after two months off because of restrictions. I’m definitely going to join the league as my mates are doing one too as well as the football groups I’m in here. I figure It’s best to wait until as late as possible so the new transfers are in.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 18, 2021 at 4:24 AM

    Comment #28

    JaSSB.
    No, not at all, you can change your team as many times as you like from now until 18:30 on the 13th of August, if you look out for that thread, I’ll be posting numerous times over the next month, the quicker I fill it up the better. and post ‘I’m in’ you can join one of the two H2H leagues.

    1
  • NY Mag

    Jul 18, 2021 at 4:33 AM

    Comment #29

    Jail,

    I haven’t joined any league yet….
    Should I have done that by now?

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 18, 2021 at 4:39 AM

    Comment #30

    NY Mag,
    You can join the big league, the code for that is at the bottom of that post I try and put on once a day, that’s a points only free for all, there was around 200 last year so a really good show. We’ll have to wait until we have 40(or nearest to it) before Neil will send the two separate codes to those bloggers who have posted ‘I’m in’, the code you get will depend on what div you’re in, as it’s your first time you will be starting in div II.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 18, 2021 at 4:40 AM

    Comment #31

    JaSSB,
    So can we count you in for the H2H then.

    0
  • Scythe For Bruce

    Jul 18, 2021 at 4:40 AM

    Comment #32

    Off to kip now, but I was going to suggest that you add in the link for people to let you know ‘I’m in’ for the H2H league so it’s easier for them to find it. I saved it so it might be worth updating the information on the message you’re posting…

    https://www.nufcblog.com/2021/07/11/379635/comment-page-4/#comments

    0
  • Scythe For Bruce

    Jul 18, 2021 at 4:41 AM

    Comment #33

    That way they can just click the link and leave their message without having to faff around searching for the relevant page 🙂

    Anyway, that’s me off now.

    Night all 🙂

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 18, 2021 at 4:45 AM

    Comment #34

    Scythe,
    That’s why you are on the big money 😀

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 18, 2021 at 6:08 AM

    Comment #35

    That’s me off to my scratcher:
    For all those still interested in joining the two blog H2H leagues please find this thread:

    https://www.nufcblog.com/2021/07/11/379635/comment-page-4/#comments

    And post “I’m in”
    Once it’s ran its course Neil will e mail the two relevant codes.

    Code for Ed Harrison league is.
    Code: iaemqa

    0
  • Just a Skinny Steve Bruce

    Jul 18, 2021 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #36

    I’m in

    0
  • Just a Skinny Steve Bruce

    Jul 18, 2021 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #37

    Joined the main league, will join H2H

    1
  • lochinvar

    Jul 18, 2021 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #38

    Darlow has contacted coivid at the York training camp.
    Wish him a safe recovery.

    No fit keepers now!
    What risk to other players and staff?

    1
  • lochinvar

    Jul 18, 2021 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #39

    Does the whole squad now have to self isolate?
    That’s the friendlies up the spout then.

    And the Health Secretary Jarvid has it as well after two jabs.

    Not a good sign.
    At least the sun is shining.

    1
  • Pajo_Toon

    Jul 18, 2021 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #40

    Hello Gents,

    I have been on this many years ago but I am back now to give my 2 cents worth, it’s been a long long lonnnnnnggggggggggg wait for this take over and all the nonsense that’s been written about it but I can’t take much more my patience has finally gone I am getting excited about the fact that we might just get this over line and be able to enjoy Newcastle United in all its glory and I am not talking about spending silly money but have a club that we can be proud like, premier league standard training facilities – right now there probably using wheelie bins for ice baths, a stadium with no shite direct banners every square inch of the cathedral (St JAMES PARK) and a team that we can be proud of again, a manager that actually know’s what he is doing and a chairman? where do I start with that sausage we have at the moment. Anyway am I looking forward to season right now and the honest answer is no ye all know why. Rant over I need a ?

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