Midfielder’s departure held back by one supposed disagreement

Joe Willock and Newcastle are claimed to be struggling to agree the length of his new contract, with the midfielder expected to leave Arsenal this summer.

The ins-and-outs of that disagreement are not claimed in the report by the Telegraph however, but you could guess that the 21 year-old is preferring a shorter deal in order to give him extra control of his future should he continue to improve over the coming years, while the Toon would likely want an extended contract in order to protect their investment, with reports they are set to spend £25 Million on his signature.

Willock broke the record of youngest player to score in six consecutive Premier League match last season, before scoring in his next and final match of the campaign to take the same record for seven consecutive matches also, and now looks set to get the chance to continue that run with the same team going into the new term.

The 21 year-old arrived moved to St James Park in January on an initial loan deal, and wasted little time in making an impact, and it was no shock that they returned to try and lure him back to the club this summer, and we assume that this current issue will not block his move.


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  1. as I posted this on an earlier thread, I’ll just preface the following information by stating that I’m not suggesting that WIllock is the answer to all of our problems, nor am I saying that he’s the next great Arsenal midfielder, but there are some pertinent issues that should be pondered in light of this proposed move, which are as follows:

    (1) much like the circumstances surrounding the Martinez debacle, in that we had been searching high and low for exactly what he brought to the Keeper equation and instead of logically embracing our good fortune we summarily shipped him elsewhere, we have likewise been desperately trying to find a way to get more secondary scoring from our midfielders…so why would we sell the only MD who had actual shown just such a propensity, last year no less, before giving him a run of games or finding a suitable alternative

    (2) our amateur hour managerial team has neither the requisite acumen or cred to make such permanent decisions, especially with our more youthful prospects, as these moves, along with his mishandling of Saliba, Guendo, Marts and even ESR, before his hand being forced, could drastically impact this club for years to come, should the Arteta experiment go further sideways…remember this is the same manager who turned his nose on the much-needed “rebuild” after getting a little sniff of winning, which shows that he can’t be trusted to protect the best interests of the club


    (3) if, like myself, you believe that the monies raised from this transaction aren’t going to be used to address our most pressing needs, like buying a goal-scoring midfielder, and instead applied to the purchases already made, which didn’t prioritize our needs properly, then this could be deemed as another poor, short-sighted decision on his part…even worse, imagine if these funds were used to acquire the underwhelming Ramsdale, who’s a multiple times loser, with a skillset that also doesn’t align with Arteta’s shoehorned “play our from the back” ideology

    1. I think I agree with this. There is the view that we’re getting great return on a player that might of hit a sweet bit of form (mainly from the bench even) from just a few games, and that if we wait next year, with him mainly on our bench, probably not playing at all, we will not get that return at all. But! F that. We’re supposed to breed our youngsters. Get them the right opportunities. Why after getting them to a level where the possibly can break into the team should we sell them – this is what arsene hated – by the time they were at the “level for the arsenal”, some other suitor would swoop in for them – a barca, utd, city, etc. Our issue was keeping a holding of our homegrown because we didnt buy enough from without. Now were basically tossing away what we create from within. And I also agree that ESR was being mishandled. And everyone goes on about Odegaard… but I do not think for one second he was really at the level of our type of midfielder. This guy isn’t the next wilshite, ramsey, fabregas, nasri… i’m not saying Willock is either… but willock can definitely pound up and down that pitch and apply the finish – something none of our midfielders are even trying to attempt. Willock is trying to become the midfielder we need. These players see what were missing. ESR, Saka, Willock. Martinez… they’re all pieces of a board that have watch our first team, now what were missing, and have build themselves to fill this gap.

      So yeah… i agree with the above comment from the real viera.

      And I would also say…I would’ve like to see Freddie as manager longer. He got it. And in his last 2-3 games, he basically gave up on the senior players for our “youngsters”. He saw the rot of the experience, only for Arteta to dip back into it. And sure, they performed for a little bit, becuase they realised the previous manager just dropped them for a whole bunch of teenagers. God damn

  2. I dont understand why Arsenal are so desperately pursuing the Willock transfer, when there is an urgent need for a goal scoring midfielder and he is the only midfielder in our current squad to have that ability. Also, what message does it send out to other Academy graduates who have Arsenal in their hearts and want to play for the shirt and not go out to another club after improving on their value. Certain values and traditions of the club have to be maintained, specially with regards to young prospects and the Willock sale, if it goes through, will send a wrong message to our Academy graduates dreaming of making it big at their beloved club. Even if Willock stays, we need another CAM, but that is another matter and just because other players like Xhaka, Kola, Belerin are not finding the right suitors it does not mean you sell off your best asset, home grown, Academy product, giving his all for the shirt and producing just the type of performances that are desperately required by our goal shy forwards.

    1. Anytime I remember willock is bout being sold I get enraged…we needed funds last season and opted to sell EMI for an insignificant fee,who probably won the FA cup for us with his brilliant saves and command of the gk area…..one year later we regret the decision, looking for gks at ridiculous prices…

      A year later, we at it again…cash needed, we about selling the most productive midfielder ( goals) in the team, when our issues is purely goals for an insignificant fee that wouldn’t even get a top midfielder anywhere…..I hope we don’t regret this as well…

      I feel we as fans have failed to hype our own recently…I do not understand why foden,Mount, greenwood,rice,lamptey,DanielJames should cost more than our young stars….

      nketiah is a beast at youth level,
      FLO stats are frightening,
      willock was a record breaker last season, Saliba one of the best CB in France,
      AMN very few utility players like him in the league,
      Martinelli didn’t play much buh even Brazil Know his worth..

      SAKA and ESR are priceless….

      So my question is ….if we can pay 50m for Brighton’s white from one of the worst defence in the league and a relegated GK is valued at 30m, grealish from a mid table team is valued at 100m …why would our 21 yr old goalscoring midfielder be worth 25m, can the magpies bid same for young EPL proven youngsters of fellow big clubs ???

      It simply means smaller clubs do not rate us any longer due to how we undervalue our players, if Aston villa could test our resolve with bids for ESR, probably Leeds would bid 25m next for martinelli who knows

    1. Declan, I wonder why no other clubs are interested in Maddison, Aouar, Guimaraes, Bissouma, Pereira (whose only offer apparently was Saudi Arabia), Renato Sanchez’s or Neves, none of whom have moved yet, as far as I am aware.
      By the way it looks like Willock wants to stay at Arsenal and hasn’t yet agreed to go to Newcastle United.

  3. Had we accepted Roma offer for Xhaka for say 15M add to that 20/25 for Willock that’s 40M we would have the money for an attacking midfielder and probably some spare change.

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