It has really cheered me up reading these comments (see below) about the future of Joe Willock, as Arsenal fans debate / argue what should happen next.
Supporters of the Gunners with every imaginable stance on what should definitely happen, possibly, with the 21 year old.
Arsenal fans were more than happy for their club to loan out Joe Willock at the start of February.
Only two Premier League starts in the first five months of this campaign, the midfielder had scored only one goal in 40 PL career appearances for the North London club.
However, only 12 of those 40 PL appearances had been as a starter, so had Arsenal fans already seen enough to judge Joe Willock as a player?
Well, some of them certainly think so and despite eight goals for Newcastle, including scoring in all seven of his last seven NUFC appearances, they think their club should definitely cash in now, many of them believing it could just be a flash in the pan and Joe Willock will never reproduce the form he has shown for NUFC.
On the other extreme, some Arsenal fans think Willock should be a definite starter for the Gunners next season, that selling him now would be an absolute disaster.
Whilst others again think another loan spell is definitely the right way to go, though disagreement on where that should be, with Brighton, Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle United all named.
Whilst Newcastle United fans are 100% of the opinion that everything possible must be done to try and buy Joe Willock this summer, I think there is only one thing you can 100% say about the Arsenal fans.
Whatever their club does this summer with the 21 year old midfielder, most Arsenal fans won’t be happy! Some things never change…
Arsenal fans comment on Joe Willock via their Arsenal Mania message board:
‘Willock went to Newcastle in 2021 when it looked like they were heading down, 7 in 7 and he single handedly kept them up.
Shearer returned to to Newcastle in 2009…he only won 1 in 8 games and they went down.
Joe has massively outperformed their biggest legend, if Newcastle want him back, they need to break their transfer record to get him, imo….maybe even double it, if Joelinton is worth £40 million to them ffs!’
‘Joe Willock is top Scoring English midfielder this season…2nd overall behind Gundogun.
Actually tied with Ward Prowse with 8 EPL goals, but Willock did it in 1/3 the time.’
‘Newcastle has to break their transfer record for Joe at this point.
7 in 7 to end of the season, Joelinton can’t even hold his candle.
It would be an ultimate PR disaster if Joe isn’t given at least preseason with the squad. F.ck the money.’
‘Mike Ashley clearly told Joe Willock we ain’t paying 30m for you.
i think Newcastle will try but Mike Ashley stinks, not expecting him paying up.’
‘Extend his contract and send him out on loan again.
Maybe to a different team like Brighton who like to have the ball and don’t rely only on turnovers like Newcastle, so that he can develop that part of his game as well.’
‘He’s too good to loan again or buy back clause. We need him back – from Hale End too.
We need players like this playing for our first team.
He’s better than anything we have too in box to box role – false 9.
Give him his chance and pretend he is a new 40 million pound signing. That’s how much he is worth minimum.
He’s Premier League proven now too – just 21 years of age.’
‘Auba, Martinelli, Pepe, Willock. These 4 players operate in broken games, they are ugly on the ball and they waste possession on occasion. They thrive arriving into the box and it isnt w coincidence they are the highest potential scorers in the squad.
‘You cant waste time with these players asking them to play pretty choreographed triangles.
They literally thrive on an instinct for being in the right place at the right time.
Willock doesn’t look good at 10. He basically starts in the position he wants to arrive in.
He is a right 8 who can get you double figures for goals in a season.’
‘Selling him now for £25m would be pathetically short sighted. You could easily loan him to a side like Dortmund where he’d get CL experience and thrive in an open, expansive team, and he’d come back worth 3 times that.’
‘It’s not an unreasonable opinion to be happy selling Willock for a fee above 30 mill so we can reinvest in the squad.
I understand why people want to keep him, and I can see him returning and doing great, or equally coming back and either sitting on the bench or not playing nearly as well in a setup very different from Newcastle’s.’
‘Why didn’t Joe Willock do so well while at Arsenal? Football is more nuanced than a 7 game heat map.
He would not start for Arsenal because he woild need to do more than run forward into the box.
This is why he was loaned out.’
‘Joe Willock doesn’t fit into our/Arteta’s team, needs to be sold. He is not good enough for us currently anyway.’
‘It’s actually crazy how Willock divides opinion.
Selling a player in Willock who’s profile we’ve craved for years fast, strong, 6ft 1, scores goals, industrial & physical doesn’t make sense.
We need as many quality bodies that we can get.
Can you buy a better player from selling Willock for 40m or can you pair him with other players who actually want to play for Arsenal who’ve already handed in a transfer request ?
What happened to actually supporting players & giving them that confidence to become world class.
Fans used to support everyone Wenger brought in, the point I’m making is the fan base is very toxic.
Selling Willock doesn’t necessarily positively impact out transfer funds when we’ll need a player like him the moment he’s sold.
Also the way Willock is playing now is exactly how he played in the youth academy which is a very promising sign. Whenever a player does this good things are ahead. We just need him to replicate this form for Arsenal or gain even more confidence.’
‘This is probably the best ever 6 month loan deal.
Willock has proven he can scores goals in PL, we deserperatly lack goals from midfield and number 8 types. He should be in the team next season.’
‘I say sell Joe Willock! Might as well try to cash in while he is a hot property.’
‘So much analysis and discussion on what is a straightforward decision.
7 goals in 7 straight games from midfield. He starts for Arsenal next season. That simple.
We are a team that can’t buy a goal from central midfield positions. How many times have ESR, Ødegaard, Partey, Xhaka, Ceballos or Elneny had the courage to drive into the box and support our strikers? We need his goals.
On his current form he is a £40m player who we don’t have to convince to come to a team with no European football.’
‘People have agendas – they’ve already made up their minds that Joe Willock is not very good and they’d rather sell him, no matter how well he does.
Not even a hatred thing, just a need to be right.’
‘Shows you what confidence does for players. At professional level there’s really no bad-bad players.
It’s the confidence, belief and hard work to keep improving.
Look at the last goal he scored. The final phase wasn’t pretty, but look at him powering through midfield with so much intent and belief. He gets his chance based on his loan performance.
Team spots has to be based on merit and he was one of the best in the league over the last 6 weeks.’
‘I like what Willock brings to the table but he’s not suited to what we need.
He clearly shines in a defensive counter attacking set up where his physicality, movement and finishing come to the forefront.
He has an atrocious first touch and subpar passing which will become evident again if we try to stick him in our system.
I’m also not convinced by his tactical aptitude as he’s been tried in different positions and never really impressed apart from a b2b role.
7 in 7 is a great feat but it also a purple patch and unsustainable.
When the goals eventually dry up his shortcoming will come up again.
Give us 30m and a sell on clause and we have a deal.’
‘If we don’t have any plans to give him a big role next season then we have to sell now, no point keeping him if he’s barely going to play.
£30m+ should be reasonable.’
‘Need to start Willock. Levels above our CMs. I rather sell all of Partey, Xhaka, Eleneny, Geundouzi and AMN combined (which I do anyway as their not Arsenal quality) than lose a player of Willocks quality.’
‘I have always liked Willock but my preference is for another years loan.
Do you think he would start at Arsenal? If not why bring him back and bench him?
We will buy a CM & AM this summer, so best to let his value continue and sell next summer or bring him back.’
‘I think at 21 another year’s loan at Newcastle should also be an option.’
‘If he won’t get to play for us next season, sell him off when his value is high now.
Hate to see these youngsters not get any opportunities and lose their value as well in the process.’
‘This guy has just done 7 in 7. The hype train should have him go for no less than 35m if he does go at all.’
‘What he’s done on loan is nothing short of remarkable. It’s not just the volume of goals he’s scored, it’s the level of opposition he’s scored against. Citeh, Spuds and Liverpool? Incredible. He’s still got someway to develop in terms of being a more complete midfielder, but he’s always had that eye for goal.
It’s a huge weapon and in the right setup could be devastating. Excited to see him in pre-season.’
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