Arsenal youngster Joe Willock has an inflammation of his calf which has seen him drop out of the England under-21 squad, according to football.london’s James Benge.
The youngster started each of the first three Premier League games of the season, earning plaudits among the British media.
The youngster was dropped by Unai Emery for the north London derby last Sunday despite his steady performances this season.
The 20-year-old was called up to the England under-21 squad for the first time last week.
Willock’s introduction into midfield this season has come among a clearout from the north London giants.
As many as four different midfielders left the club in the summer transfer window, which gave the youngster the chance to make his mark on the team. Alex Iwobi, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny have all left the club this summer.
Willock’s performances for the youth and first-team last season showed the quality he possesses. The Englishman made 20 appearances last season scoring 12 goals and assisting two in all competitions (via Transfermarkt).
However, it was his performances with the first-team which caught the eye. The youngster scored three times in just six appearances, with his brace in the 3-0 win away to Blackpool proving his best performance for the Gunners.
Arsenal will be hoping that Willock’s injury is not a long-term worry for the side. Granit Xhaka showed in Sunday’s north London derby that he can’t be trusted for the duration of the season, after his mindless tackle which gave away a penalty.
Willock has shown this season that he is crucial to Arsenal linking their midfield with their attack. The England youth international averages the second-most dribbles of any Arsenal player, more than any other midfielder at the club (via WhoScored).
Willock will be a huge miss for Arsenal if he is out for a long period as his ability to dribble out of midfield into the attack, brings something different to the team.
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