Promising Arsenal starlet to move across London?

Whilst Arsenal fans will be waiting to see what comes of the latest rumours regarding potential incomers to the Emirates, it’s actually likely we will see a few more faces going out first.

Yesterday Arsenal confirmed that Tafari Moore, a 19 year old right back, was leaving the club on loan to join Dutch side FC Utrecht. Now it seems that Arsenal are lining up a loan move for another highly promising young gunner, in the form of English winger Chris Willock.

Willock had featured a few times for the Gunners during pre-season and despite only the few cameo appearances, he seemed lively and energetic alongside the more regular first team players. According to reports, it is fellow London based side Brentford FC who are lining up a loan bid for Willock, who will be the West Londerers fourth loan signing from Arsenal in as many years.

Brentford seem to be building up a relatively strong relationship with Arsenal regarding taking young players out on loan to build up their experience of competitive football. Brentford have previously signed Szczesny, Toral and Akpom all on loan, and all have gone on to be relatively impressive with The Bees, Szczesny and Toral especially. Szczesny was praised massively by his loan club upon the end of his contract and it is understood that his performances at Brentford were what gave Wenger the confidence in the Polish shotstopper, before he was forced into his debut with injures to our regular keepers.

Willock however will be looking to make a fresh approach and will hopefully show his presence in the Championship by chipping in with plenty of goals and assists. At 18 years old, Willock is very promising for his age and even teammate Jack Wilshere has been highlighting some of Willock’s talents. Wilshere previously said:

“I’ve played with Chris for a few years in training and last year he came on tour. I think he has improved, he has become stronger and he is one of those players that have a natural ability running with the ball. He can take contact well if someone smashes into him. He has got great balance… if Chris gets his chance I’m sure he will take it.”

Let’s hope that Willock can gather plenty of experience out on loan, before returning to Arsenal with confidence that he can compete for a position alongside the more regular first team players!


  1. Tired of all promising youngsters, you can only build for the future when the present is sorted. I so envy man u supporters at the moment, hoping their impressive spell ends soon.

  2. I hope Willock can get there quick, I’d say we’d all love to see him playing well ahead of his years. The only concern I have about us having so many promising youngsters is that Wenger will want to give all of them a shot, if he’s still here. There’s allot of them reaching that age. Asano, Bielik, Holding Willock, Iwobi, Adelaide, Zelalem, Mavididi, Toral, Pleguezuelo, Kelechi, and more. You wouldn’t want more than two youngster on the field, it wouldn’t be fair to them either.

  3. I think Willock and Toral should be in the first team, at least as squad players for now. They definitely have more quality than some of what we have there right now

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