Newcastle hit roadblock as Arteta responds to Bruce over Arsenal star plan

Date published: Monday 19th April 2021 10:11 - Jonny Whitfield

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has hinted at a fresh Gunners role for on-loan Newcastle star Joe Willock, amid his fantastic impact up north.

Willock left the Emirates Stadium in January after becoming disappointed with his lack of game time. The England Under-21 international had remained a fringe player earlier this season, playing only seven Premier League matches. Furthermore, he only completed one 90-minute stint in that time.

However, the midfielder has come to life with sensational form since moving to Tyneside.

Willock has chipped in with three goals so far, including on his debut in a 3-3 draw with Southampton.

What’s more, he rescued a point against Tottenham before securing a vital win over West Ham last weekend.

As such, Magpies boss Steve Bruce revealed that he is thinking about “building” his team around Willock if his club can sign him permanently.

However, Arsenal counterpart Arteta has hinted that he could offer Willock a role next season and beyond.

“Yeah, I’m really happy with Joe because he scored a massive goal for the club,” Arteta told reporters (via football.london on Sunday).

“So, when he produces big moments like that it’s very satisfying. Joe can do it he’s got the ability and the desire and now he’s having more consistency in terms of minutes and performances and that’s great for his development.

“That’s why we all believed it was the right thing for him to go on loan.”

Willock had played a key role in Arsenal’s Europa League group stage campaign. Indeed, he scored three goals and supplied three others as the Gunners topped their group.

However, he struggled to earn minutes in the Premier League and has now reaped the rewards for leaving.

Arsenal part of Super League proposals

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Meanwhile, Arsenal were one of 12 clubs to announce plans to join a new European Super League on Sunday.

The Gunners and their ‘Big Six’ rivals including Manchester United have all signed up to the proposals.

However, the plans have been met with fierce criticism from governing bodies and pundits alike.

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