Wednesday 26


Willock commits his future to Arsenal

12th September 2019, 16:11 by Tom Hill

Arsenal have confirmed midfielder Joe Willock has signed a new long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium.

The 20-year-old has been rewarded for his recent performances after making three appearances in the Premier League so far, but Arsenal have refused to confirm the length of the contract.

Willock started the opening game of the season against Newcastle United, helping the Gunners record a 1-0 win at St James’ Park.

He also helped Unai Emery’s men beat Burnley 2-1, before being unable to stop Liverpool at Anfield.

After the 3-1 defeat to the Reds, Willock was dropped to the bench for the 2-2 draw in the north London derby with Tottenham.


Willock has been associated with the Gunners since he was four years old and progressed through the club’s academy, never leaving on loan, before eventually making his senior debut in September 2017 against Doncaster Rovers in the Carabao Cup.

The playmaker has now made 20 appearances for the club, and he was recently called up to the England Under-21 squad.

Willock has represented England from U16 level to U20 and Arsenal technical director Edu says the deal is a reward for his hard work in the last few years.

Edu told the club’s official website: “We’re delighted that Joe has committed his long-term future to us. The hard work of the academy coaches and staff, Joe, his family and everyone behind the scenes have been key to the development of his potential.

“Bringing young players through to the first team from the academy is an important part of our approach, and Joe’s progression is a good example for how we want to work in the future. Joe has shown hard work and determination to get this far. He’s continuing to develop, and we look forward to him making a big contribution to the club.”

Willock’s route into the first team has been made easier after the departures of Aaron Ramsey and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

He will be hoping to be part Emery’s squad for the trip to Watford on Sunday, but he faces competition from Dani Ceballos, Lucas Torreira, Mesut Ozil, Matteo Guendouzi and Granit Xhaka.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

More Arsenal


On This Day: Yorke hits treble as United stun Gunners

25th February 2020, 16:28

Manchester United recorded a stunning 6-1 home victory over Arsenal On This Day in 2001 to move 16 points clear at the top of the table.


Royal Dyche ready to lead Burnley back to Europe

25th February 2020, 10:59

Burnley’s recent run has provided a much-needed boost and brought about a feeling of optimism that they could challenge for Europe.


Xhaka has reservations over future Arsenal captaincy

24th February 2020, 16:39

Granit Xhaka admits he would have to “think twice” if he was offered the Arsenal captaincy once again.


Roma confirm interest in signing United defender permanently

24th February 2020, 11:09

Roma boss Paulo Fonseca has confirmed that he would like to sign on-loan Manchester United defender Chris Smalling on a permanent basis this summer.


Arsenal must convince star to sign up says Arteta

24th February 2020, 04:43

Mikel Arteta saluted the ‘superb’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and says Arsenal must do everything in their power to keep hold of the strike ace.


Arsenal 3-2 Everton

23rd February 2020, 19:09

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal overcame Everton 3-2 in a thriller at the Emirates Stadium.

Recent Sport Headlines

Aston Villa

Villa star Grealish will be a Premier League player next season

26th February 2020, 09:39

The clamour to land Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish appears to be growing and the next move could well define the midfielder’s career.

Bayern Munich

Bayern star Gnabry earns Flick praise after Chelsea rout

26th February 2020, 09:39

Bayern Munich manager Hans-Dieter Flick has hailed the talent of Serge Gnabry after his brace in a 3-0 win at Chelsea on Tuesday night.


Further surgery an option for Murray

26th February 2020, 09:16

Andy Murray has confirmed he could have to go under the knife once more to resolve his long-term hip issue.

Manchester United

Woodward backing Solskjaer to push United forward after laying strong foundations

26th February 2020, 09:11

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward believes the foundations and plans are in place for long-term success with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge.


Lampard’s Chelsea left with mountain to climb after Bayern thrashing

26th February 2020, 08:39

Frank Lampard has challenged Chelsea's players to restore some European pride after a brutal lesson from Bayern Munich.

Manchester City

Guardiola confident City can come out on top in fight for European future

26th February 2020, 08:39

Pep Guardiola has full confidence in Manchester City as they take their battle against their Champions League expulsion to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Rugby Union

Calls to postpone Italy trip to Dublin grow

26th February 2020, 08:35

Irish Health Minister Simon Harris says Ireland's clash with Italy on March 7 should be postponed due to the coronavirus situation.

Bayern Munich

Chelsea 0-3 Bayern Munich

26th February 2020, 06:47

Chelsea's European journey appears to be at an end after a comprehensive 3-0 home defeat in the last 16 against Bayern Munich.