When Joe Willock was named in the starting XI for Arsenal’s final game of the Premier League season, fans were excited about getting another glimpse of one of the club’s brightest prospects.
The 19-year-old had already featured for the Gunners earlier in the season, playing in the FA Cup and Europa League and scoring three goals during his cameos with the first-team, making fans excited that the club had yet another prospect from the academy who can one day become a regular member of the first-team.
As well as impressing for the senior squad, Willock has been a star in the youth teams this season, scoring nine and assisting two for the U-23s in both the Premier League 2 and EFL trophy, and after showing such dominance in the development teams and looking comfortable in the first-team, the teenager could soon be ready for the jump.
With Aaron Ramsey on his way to Juventus and Unai Emery admitting recently that he is willing to give youth more of a chance next season, Willock stands within a fantastic position of being a part of the first-team and getting regular minutes in both the league and domestic competitions.
Willock has a big future ahead of him if he continues to develop at the pace he has done this season, and after making a big impression in the first-team and making the most of the opportunities he was given this campaign, Emery could see the midfielder as one of the few youth players ready to be involved in the senior squad next season.
The 19-year-old, alongside Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe, can be part of a golden generation of Arsenal players to break through into the first-team next season, and with Ramsey leaving this summer, there is room for Willock to impress the boss and make him think twice about spending big money on a replacement.
Arsenal fans, can Willock become a first-team player next season? Let us know!
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