“I’m really enjoying my football” – Willock reveals his happiness right now

Joe Willock has admitted that he enjoys playing regularly now at Newcastle United.

The midfielder joined the Magpies on loan from Arsenal in the last transfer window as he sought more first-team chances.

He had fallen out of favour at the Emirates and needed to move to where he could play more regularly.

Newcastle has given the England Under21 international the chances he has desired for a long time now and he appears to be open to staying with them.

Steve Bruce’s side has been flirting with relegation for much of this season and knew that they needed a big second half of the campaign to secure survival.

They have earned some big results in recent weeks, including picking up a late 1-1 draw against Liverpool yesterday, with Willock scoring their equaliser.

He has scored an important goal in at least two other games since he joined them and admits that he enjoys playing for his loan team.

There have been suggestions that Arsenal will sell him and his delight at playing for the Magpies might make him choose to join them permanently.

He said after the Liverpool match via Mail Sport: ‘I’m happy to help the team again.

‘We pushed very hard in the second half, we were growing in confidence. Apart from the sloppy goal, I thought the boys played really well today. 

‘I’m just trying to give my best for the team, even if I get 10 (minutes), 15, half an hour.

‘We were pushing, we didn’t lose confidence. It shows how much we’ve grown as a team. 

‘We’ve been working at that (getting in behind) in training because they stay very high. It’s that extra pass, extra shot, it wasn’t coming off.

‘I’m enjoying being a Newcastle player every week, I’m really enjoying my football at the moment.’

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  1. Is he subtly saying that he wasn’t enjoying his football under Arteta…interesting

    I just wonder how many of our players feel the same way…

    1. he needs regular football….to improve

      staying at Arsenal and being at the bench regularly will not allow him to stay motivate as well

  2. OT Villa leading 1-0 as things stand we are 11th in the table Arteta is a very fortunate man he’s still in a job!

          1. What a turnaround!
            Spuds supposedly had 2 shots – I must’ve blinked and missed them! KDB, Mahrez and Foden were really good..

          2. Yeah Sue Pereira looks a good player he might be worth a cheeky 10 mil bid 🤪 haha another year without a trophy for the Totts 🏆😆 I was surprised KDB played as he came off injured in the last game and with PSG coming up 😬 foden has been brilliant this year him and mount look real talents 👌

  3. Well he is a new boy on the block being played regularly scoring goals and just helped a side avoid relegation.
    At Arsenal the expectations are much higher than avoiding relegation.
    Top 4 is expected so the pressure is much greater.
    May be a Newcastle a Burnley a Brighton is his level.
    The club does not want to lose him for free but may not want to extend his contract either.
    The power is in Willocks hand because he has a rock solid contract for two more years is home grown and still young.
    Selling Willock Niles Nelson or Nketiah to pay for a LB would be good business.

    1. I think you missed the point, the lad joined a team fighting for survival, that speaks of the pressure on those players, and what, the lad scores a goal to seal a draw against last seasons champions! At AFC we are cruising at mid table with the likes of Xhaka, Elneny, Cabellos, Willian, Pepe in the midfield to attacking role. These dudes are on a higher wage than Joe, yet he has 4 goals to his name since the Jan transfer. Can you ask this question to Xhaka? Oh yes, he did help in 3-4 errors/ goals gifting points to the opposition.
      If the ownership is happy with mid table, then dump the above mentioned players and play Joe, AMN, ESR, Saka, players with AFC DNA in their soul, and the outcome would be a top 6 rathen than a top 10 with overpaid, over hyped players. I’drather watch our reserves and academy graduates play with determination rather than watch this error prone, back-side-back passing nonsense, knowing that we ware wasting club money on their wages, perks and priviledges.

    1. I wonder why nobody is talking about Arteta’s inadequacies, apart from the FA Cup success at the beginning of his tenure he hasn’t improved Arsenal. Looks like he is actually punching above his weight coaching the Gunners, I believe Emperor Stan should cut his losses and sign up a more experienced coach in place of MA. When I see the immediate impact Tuchel has had at Chelsea after they disposed of Lamps I then wonder what we are waiting for.
      Arteta needs to go and learn the ropes with a smaller team before stepping up to a bigger team like Arsenal. Our position in the league table has not changed much in the past three months, that shows you that something is really lacking in his technique and man management abilities

  4. Talking about signing up a new coach I believe Maximilliano Allegri ex Juventus coach has all it takes to make Arsenal a genuine Premier league title Challenger, his successes in Seria A make him a mouth watering prospect. Maybe I’m just ranting cos I’m frustrated with the direction our beloved club is going. But my sixth sense is telling me that Arteta has taken us as far as his ability can go, maybe it’s time for our management to stop dithering and really be ambitious by weilding the Axe by sacking MA. I repeat, I believe our below average performance this forgettable season is MA’s poor tactics and lack of man management abilities, look at our exiled player’s like Mavroponas, Saliba, Guendouzi etc excelling for their loan clubs. Something is wrong with MA’s team application. End of Rant from a sad Gunner from Nigeria

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