The summer transfer window will surely see some players leaving the club as the gunners continue their rebuilding process under Mikel Arteta. Players who don't get enough game time will likely be first to leave the club.
"Arsenal are understood to be open to the idea of selling their Academy graduate Joe Willock, with an asking price in the region of £20m and Newcastle should be at the front of the queue given how much he has enjoyed his time on Tyneside." [@TeleFootball]
To put more to the reports, Newcastle manager earlier showed his admiration for the youngster in one of his interview.
Steve Bruce on Joe Willock: “I’d love to keep him here. We will have big discussions with #Arsenal. He’s got a big, big future.”
Willock is the closest thing to Aaron Ramsey when it comes to scoring because he is one of the few Arsenal midfielders who can score goals. He is among the Hale end academy graduates who were tipped for greatness at Arsenal. Among six of them who were promoted to the first team (Saka, Maitland-Niles, Eddie Nketiah, Rowe, Reiss Nelson), only Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka have seem to cemented their place in Arsenal first team while the rest have been on and off.
Although Willock showed some promise especially when given first team chances in the FA cup, Carabao cup and Europa league but it seems Mikel Arteta wasn't really impressed by his display and that is why he was allowed to go on loan in January. One area where I feel he didn't improve in his game is the ability to track back and help the defense.
He has so far scored three crucial goal for Newcastle and most notably, his goal against Tottenham, Arsenal's number one rival. It remains to been seen if Arsenal will cash in on him this summer, but should they allow him leave, Arsenal will need to sign another home grown player to make the homegrown quota.
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