Official – Newcastle sign Arsenal star in need of minutes

Newcastle has completed the loan signing of Joe Willock with the midfielder joining Steve Bruce’s side to get more minutes.

Although he is highly regarded at the Emirates, he has struggled to get playing time at Arsenal this season.

Despite being an option in midfield, Mikel Arteta has opted to use the likes of Emile Smith Rowe instead.

As a backup to the English teenager, the Gunners have signed Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season.

Willock will now continue his season in the northeast, as confirmed by Arsenal.

The Magpies have been struggling for consistency this season and only recently beat Everton 2-0 after a six games winless streak.

Willock was one of the go-to players for Arteta when he first became Arsenal’s manager, the midfielder must be confident that he can earn a place in the Newcastle midfield.

He will be teammates with former Arsenal man, Isaac Hayden and will be tasked with creating chances for Callum Wilson and the other strikers.

Willock will want to be an Arsenal player in the long-term, his performances for the next six months will prove if he is worth keeping as part of the squad at the Emirates when he returns.

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  1. Wyoming says:

    Out went Serge Gnabri. In came 70 m Pepe. Out went Isac Hayden and Bielik in came 37 mill Mustafi 27mill Socritis , Mari, 25 mill Saliba and Chelsea reject Luiz. Out go Niles and Willock in come Real rejects Ceballos and Odegaard and Chelsea reject Willian. Out went Donyell Malen in came 50 mill Lacazette. Give our young talent away and buy super expensive name players on long term contracts with high salaries. Management must know what they are doing eh.

    1. Joe. S says:

      Of course Wyoming, what would the fans know? Those in charge. are the ones who have worked in football all their lives. Just be humble accept your place and buy the shirts. I’m sure Mustafi’s will become a collector’s item before long.

    2. ACE says:

      Does this “Woe is Arsenal Me” post
      have anything to do with Joe
      Willock hopefully gaining invaluable
      PL minutes on loan @ Newcastle?

      Didn’t think so

    3. John Ibrahim says:

      do you expect them to warm the bench and gain experience through the bench?

  2. Gunner4life says:

    Good luck Joe. Hope you get a chance to shine. A word of advice; stay humble and work with the team for the team.

  3. adajim says:

    goodluck to him

  4. gotanidea says:

    This means Arsenal are left with only five specialist DMs, which are Xhaka, Partey, Ceballos, Elneny and Chambers

    Most of them play better as the right pivot, so we could try Magalhaes as the makeshift left pivot if required. Luiz has also played in the DM position once

    We’re short in natural LB department and I don’t think our young LBs in the reserves would be ready to compete with Tierney. I saw our U-18 match against Palace’s U-18 yesterday and our left flank was destroyed by Palace’s young inverted RW

    1. Sean M says:

      U23s have Joel Lopez but he hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire so far this season.

      1. gotanidea says:

        Yeah I thought he was on loan

  5. All Gunz Blazin' says:

    Arsenal ‘Star’…. This word seems to have lost its relevance. How and why is Willock regarded a ‘star’?

    Maybe I’m trippin’ ….

    1. zamind says:

      He is a star. He is not in some 4th division league some where, is he?

  6. Quantic Dream says:

    Good riddance. I hope they make the deal permanent.

    1. zamind says:

      Never say that. He may shine at NC and come back to hold down a position at Arsenal.

      1. All Gunz Blazin' says:

        The keyword is ‘may shine’, which is a big ask if you ask me.
        If he was the ‘Star’ you professed that he is/was, then you shouldn’t have to guess if he ‘may shine’.
        Truth is, he has been given enough chances and he’s done little to prove his worth.

  7. Danny says:

    Shame we didn’t send a few more with him!!

    1. All Gunz Blazin' says:

      @Danny – Well Said bro!

  8. Grandad says:

    This is a crucial point in the career of a talented young midfielder who seems to lack confidence on the big stage. With regular playing time I do hope he finds the missing ingredient with Newcastle and returns to Arsenal as a more rounded ,assured player.Good luck Joe.

    1. zamind says:

      At least a positive message Grandad. Thank you.

  9. Khadii says:

    Nketiah should have gone with him.. and then Balogun given his place in the squad along side Laca, Auba and Marti

    1. zamind says:

      At least a positive message Grandad. Thank you.

    2. Danny says:

      Balogun is leaving for sure not even training with the 1st team loosing a player of his ability for nothing is criminal miles better than neketiah and yet were stuck with him and this kid will join another club and score goals for fun will regret this big time!!

      1. RSH says:

        You don’t know that will happen though. Nketiah’s youth record was just as good as Balogun’s and now he struggles. There’s many issues with signing him including him wanting big wages even though he hasn’t kicked a ball in EPL yet.

      2. Vic says:

        I dont know how Balogun is better than Nketiah?

        1. Vic says:

          When the older pros are doing nonsense , you are now looking for scape goats . Nketiah should not be your scape goat

    3. zamind says:

      There is always a need for backup.
      See what has happened on the left back.
      I must say the makeshift Soares has done admirably well.

  10. zamind says:

    He is a star. He is not in some 4th division league some where, is he?

  11. bukky says:

    boy is a star give him time

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