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Willock joins Newcastle on loan

Arsenal have confirmed that Joe Willock has joined Newcastle United on loan for the rest of the season.

The English midfielder has scored three goals and provided three assists in 17 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners this season. He has put in a number of impressive performances in the Europa League which is where he made all six of his goal contributions so far in the 2020/21 campaign. 

The 21-year-old has struggled for regular game time in the Premier League. He has started just twice in the league this season and he is keen on playing more regularly.

The Arsenal academy graduate is highly rated by the club and the North London side have made the decision to send him out on loan to aid his development. The hope is that Willock will thrive at Newcastle and return to the Emirates ready to stake his claim for a place in the first team.

The Englishman was Newcastle manager Steve Bruce’s top target and the Geordie boss will be pleased to have secured this transfer. Willock will provide Newcastle with mobility, work rate and an additional goal threat. 

Willock signed as a full-time scholar at Arsenal in 2015 after progressing through all age groups at the club’s Hale End Academy. Since making his debut for the Gunners in the League Cup in 2017, the 21-year-old has scored eleven goals and provided four assists in 77 appearances for the North London side across all competitions. 

On Willock, manager Mikel Arteta said:

“Joe is a young player with great ability who is progressing very well and we are happy with his continued development. At this moment in his career, Joe needs to be playing regularly. At Newcastle United, he is going to a very good club with a top quality manager and staff. We all wish Joe the very best at Newcastle until the end of the season.”   

Technical director Edu Gaspar said:

“Joe is a talented young player and an important member of our first-team squad. This can be seen in the number of appearances he has made for us in recent seasons.”

“At this stage of his career, we have decided together with Joe, that it will benefit his development greatly to enjoy a loan period playing regular first-team football. We thank our counterparts at Newcastle United for their collaboration and we wish Joe all the best with his loan move.”

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