Steve Bruce “encouraged” over Willock but “can’t wait forever”

After Joe Willock’s brilliant end-of-season with Newcastle, it was thought that Mikel Arteta would have been looking forward this season to having the rejuvenated youngster available, to gel with his mostly youthful team-mates to take Arsenal back into European positions in the next campaign.

If Arteta was still not convinced by his talent, then the obvious other outcome would be a straight sale to a very keen Newcastle side who are desperate to see him return to St James Park, or at least another year’s loan.

But Steve Bruce must be sick of answering questions about Willock, while we have simply had a wall of silence from the Arsenal camp.

Now we have reports from France indicating that Willock is now in talks with Monaco, which may be a more glamorous destination for the 21 year-old than a year in the North-East, so it is obviously a worry for the Toon manager.

Speaking after Newcastle’s draw against Rotherham United last night, Bruce said: “I’ve said many times now, he’s Arsenal’s player.

“Joe has to decide.

“But there has to be a cut-off point where we can’t wait forever.

“We have one or two other options and it would be wrong if we didn’t.

“Joe is our first choice and we are encouraged to keep bashing away.

“There is a cut off point though.”

Obviously we don’t know what is going on behind closed doors, but it would be possible that it is Arteta trying to find a better sale deal to raise some cash for his own targets, but it certainly sounds like Bruce is getting frustrated with all the waiting, despite saying “we are encouraged to keep bashing away”…..

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6 Comments

  1. Pires says:

    Arteta would be foolish to sell him…

    1. VasC says:

      Even more foolish, if Arteta doesn’t sell Willock and keeps him on the bench without playing him regularly, like he did with AMN last season.

  2. jon fox says:

    Surely it is plain to work out that as of now MA and EDU have so many irons in the fire and many interests in players, both in and out, which are delicately poised and could go either way. I obviously share the mainstream Gooner opinion that with just 23 days til Prem kick off things are looking dangerously unresolved.

    But unlike many other Gooners, I recognise the almost impossibility of getting out our many deadwood and unwanted players out, esp at any proper money.

    Covid has utterly changed the worldwide financial world- even though so many Gooners choose to ignore that obvious fact, in their unseemly haste to blame MA for almost anything in their Arsenal life that makes them unhappy!
    I advise patience and let things resolve themselves as best they can in this almost impossible situation we AND ALL OTHER CLUBS WORLDWIDE TOO, are in.

    It is in times like now that we find out exactly who are the TRUE SUPPORTERS and who are merely keyboard warriors and self entitled fans, though NOT actual supporters!

    1. jon fox says:

      In fact not even 23 days but only 16! But that does not change my thinking one bit.

    2. Yossarian says:

      Well said Jon

  3. Declan says:

    I read he was in talks with Monaco.

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