Joe Willock won’t fly off today after pre-season trip to America called off
For those who believe Mike Ashley is allowing Newcastle United to make a genuine attempt to bring Joe Willock back to Newcastle United, today (Wednesday 21 July) was seen as a potentially key indicator.
Arsenal scheduled to fly out for a trip to America and participate in the Florida Cup with the likes of Inter Milan and Everton.
So if any genuine attempt from Newcastle United to try and sign Joe Willock with certain media claiming ongoing talks between the two clubs, you would hope / expect Willock not to be making the trip if anything remotely imminent.
We will never know.
As late on Tuesday, Arsenal revealed (see below) that no Gunners player would be making the trip, with the club forced to cancel this pre-season jaunt due to a number of new Covid cases within the club.
No individuals named and so we don’t know at this point whether Joe Willock is one of those having to self-isolate.
For many Newcastle fans, there doesn’t appear to be any real attempt by NUFC to sign Joe Willock, with it made clear that Mike Ashley won’t allow any bid to be made to buy him. With certain media then claiming it is believable that Arsenal would then prefer to loan Joe Willock to Newcastle, rather than sell him to any one of a number of other Premier League clubs who would happily pay the asking price for the goalscoring midfielder.
Sadly, I just don’t see it.
Arsenal Official Announcement – 20 July 2021:
‘Following a small number of positive COVID tests among the planned party to travel to America tomorrow, we have sadly been forced to withdraw from the Florida Cup.
This difficult decision is based on ensuring the health and wellbeing of our players and staff.
We fully understand what a disappointment this is for our supporters in America who were looking forward to seeing us compete in the Florida Cup as part of our pre-season build up. Our apologies also go to the organisers of the Florida Cup who had done a fantastic job making the preparations and our partners who had arranged events around our participation in the competition.
We are glad to say the members of staff are not currently displaying any COVID symptoms. They are now in self-isolation at home.
We are now making alternative arrangements in line with the Premier League protocols to continue our preparations for the new season.
We hope everyone understands this difficult situation which is beyond anyone’s control.’
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