The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern are looking forward to next season, but they are very thankful for what Arsene Wenger has done and achieved at the club.
One thing that the Frenchman is famed for as much as anything else is by bringing the best out of players, both young and old, both homegrown and bought from elsewhere.
He’s been able to unearth treasures in a variety of contexts, and there is no doubt in our landlord’s mind that if he stayed at the Emirates for a few more years, he’d continue to do just that.
The Frenchman has continued that process this season by giving numerous opportunities to a few young players, and his heir at Arsenal – whoever that is – will undoubtedly look at them as he looks to build his new team.
When Arsenal play their final game of the season this weekend against Huddersfield, then, perhaps Wenger should showcase another player as a way of providing a gift to his successor. Clearly, anyone that is good enough to play under Le Prof is good enough to make a career at the Emirates next season.
One option for that could certainly be 18-year-old midfielder Joe Willock.
A midfielder by trade, the middle of the pitch has been a bit of a problem for the Gunners this season. They haven’t dominated it as they so often have in the past, and so it will undoubtedly be an area in need of attention this summer – unless Wilock can prove that he’s worthy of more game time.
Capable of playing across the midfield, he can fit in a variety of positions, and that will be of great using going forward.
Willock is able to dribble brilliant and pass effectively, he’s an expert at moving forward, and he has been somewhat of a lynchpin for the Gunners through the developmental period of his career.
He made his debut earlier this season, but perhaps a start on the final day will give him the attention that he really deserves – and perhaps that can lead to more of a prominent role next season too. Certainly, whoever succeeds Wenger will want to be making notes, as being made aware of a player of his talent will be a real gift from Wenger.
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