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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

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 18, 2021 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #41

    Loan deals transfers – there’ll be none – wouldn’t surprise me that all staff that deal with scouting and transfers have been put on furlough until the 31st August – transfer window closes

  • Banana

    Jul 18, 2021 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #42

    My sources tell me Willock’s family travelled up here on Friday night so sort the deal out.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 18, 2021 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #43

    Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak will not be isolating despite being pinged after Sajid Javid’s positive COVID test, Downing Street
    ??Seems to be one rule for this Government and one rule for us plebs

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 18, 2021 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #44

    But Charlie, they were chosen “at random”!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 18, 2021 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #45

    Wouldnt p*ss on this lot if they were on fire

  • lesh

    Jul 18, 2021 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #46


    At least the nation”s gonna be spares a “Churchillian’ style ‘victory’ speech from our leader. He’s been told not to do it!


  • lesh

    Jul 18, 2021 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #47


    * ‘freedom day’ victory speech 

  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jul 18, 2021 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #48
  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jul 18, 2021 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #49

    When Pickford saved pen he was going crazy with his celebrations. Then you have Donnarumma being cool and casual after his saves.. I know which keeper id prefer

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 18, 2021 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #50

    Wouldn’t count on it / he’ll find something to Waffle on about.


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