Arsenal reveal the truth about what Newcastle have given Joe Willock after his ‘profile changed’
Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Arsenal could not give Joe Willock the game time he needed after the midfielder’s profile ‘changed’ following his remarkable loan spell at Newcastle United.
Willock joined Newcastle on a temporary basis last season because the Londoner was desperate to play more games in the top-flight.
Establishing himself as a firm fans’ favourite on Tyneside, Willock became the youngest player in Premier League history to score in seven successive games.
Steve Bruce, unsurprisingly, made the midfielder his number one target this summer and Newcastle completed the signing of Willock on a six-year deal last week.
Newcastle had initially explored the possibility of bringing Willock back on loan once again but, with Arsenal needing to raise funds, the Magpies ended up making the 22-year-old the second most expensive signing in the club’s history.
Although it was a ‘tough’ decision for Willock to leave his boyhood club after 17 years, Arteta simply could not offer the Londoner the minutes he desired.
“We’ve seen Joe here for a long time in different stages of his career and Joe is a player who we valued and liked so much,” Arteta told reporters.
“After that spell, obviously, his profile changed. His ambitions personally changed.
“The game time that he needed was very different to what we could give him in this moment and we made a decision together to find the best way in his pathway for his career.”