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Friday morning has seen Mikel Arteta talk about his plan for Joe Willock in next few years

5 months ago
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Mikel Arteta has been talking to the media on Friday morning.

No surprise what was one of the main topics he was quizzed on.

The future of Joe Willock.

Mikel Arteta asked if Joe Willock is part of his long-term plans and will be playing for Arsenal next season.

The Gunners boss giving an unequivocal yes to both.

“Yes, I’m really happy things have gone so well for him…He will be back with us, we will have those conversations with him and plan the next few years for him.”

The 21 year old midfielder having made Premier League history, the youngest ever to score in six consecutive PL appearances. All the more remarkable when Steve Bruce had bizarrely dropped him and Willock scored in three of the matches as a late sub.

At Arsenal the midfielder had scored one Premier League goal in 40 PL appearances, with Newcastle United it is seven in thirteen (ten starts, three as a sub), scoring a goal on average every 127 minutes.

Despite Mikel Arteta spelling out what is going to happen, some NUFC covering journalists have been quick to claim that this is all part of Arsenal getting the price as high as possible when Joe Willock is sold this summer.

Well, one thing for sure, Newcastle United won’t be winning any bidding auction, indeed I would be amazed if Mike Ashley allows any bid at all to be made, considering all the noises coming out of St James Park via Ashley friendly journalists, pushing the whole impact of the virus Mike Ashley agenda to justify a summer limited to free transfers and loans.

This is the same Mike Ashley who is still furloughing loads of Newcastle United staff to leave the taxpayers with the bill.

The same Mike Ashley who the Sunday Times have revealed. has seen his estimated fortune increase by £769m to £2.718bn over the past 12 months.

The question also remains as to why Mike Ashley and his minions were so incompetent, that they didn’t insist on a clause in the loan deal with a guaranteed buying price if the player happened to score a few goals…

Mikel Arteta asked about the future of Joe Willock on Friday morning:

Interviewer:

“Can I ask you about Joe Willock, who has been fantastic in his loan spell. Is he part of those long-term plans that you have and do you see him coming back and playing a part at the club next season?”

Mikel Arteta:

“Yes, I’m really happy things have gone so well for him because of the potential Joe had.

“I think it was great for him to go away and have a different experience.

“He has grabbed that opportunity in a really positive and remarkable way.

“He will be back with us, we will have those conversations with him and plan the next few years for him.”

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