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TT Introduces: Joseph Willock

TT Introduces: Joseph Willock

Arsenal supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern in recent times after seeing their side record a second successive Premier League victory on Sunday.

Unai Emery’s men went into their clash with newly-promoted Cardiff City off the back of their first win under the Spaniard against West Ham last week, which got them off the mark for the campaign following defeats at the hands of Manchester City and Chelsea. And the Gunners recorded back-to-back successes at the weekend as goals from Shkodran Mustafi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Alexandre Lacazette sealed all three points for the visitors, with Cardiff netting through Victor Camarasa and Danny Ward to twice pull level, but ultimately fail to get anything from the encounter.

As such, there have been many delighted Arsenal fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be wondering what youngsters may make the regular step up into the first team under Emery this season.

And one man who could well be set for a bright future at the Emirates Stadium is 19-year-old sensation Joseph Willock, with it imperative that the Gunners make sure that he doesn’t follow his brother’s lead in leaving the club in the near future.

Ultimately, Chris Willock came up through the ranks at the North London giants but saw his contract come to an end in the summer of 2017, prompting him to leave the Emirates for Portuguese giants Benfica.

And in netting four times and laying on four assists in 33 appearances for the club’s B team, it’s clear that the forward is beginning to go from strength to strength, thus suggesting that the Gunners may well have made an error letting him leave 12 months ago.

As such, they simply cannot make the same mistake with his brother Joseph, who also looks destined for a very bright future in the game.

The 19-year-old midfielder, like his brother, has come up through the youth ranks at Arsenal to become a regular for the club’s Under-18 and Under-23 teams in the last few years, impressing greatly for both to earn senior appearances under Arsene Wenger last term.

In fact, Willock played 11 times for the first team to underline just how highly-rated he is by those at the Emirates Stadium, with his efforts in their Europa League campaign particularly indicative of just how far the 19-year-old could go in the game.

Significantly though, those appearances, alongside a fine start to this season for the development squad, emphasises just how important it is that Arsenal keep hold of Willock, and thus prevent him following his brother’s lead by leaving the club.

Arsenal fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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