Arsenal make Joe Willock summer transfer decision
You should never underestimate how quickly things can change in football. Joe Willock was for many months deemed well below the required standard at Arsenal, never winning over the supporters who gave him enough chances to prove his worth.
During the 2019/20 campaign, no player on the whole squad made more appearances than his 44, and while those only amounted to 1,855 minutes, it was nonetheless estimated that he had received a good boost.
Arsenal are looking for new continent-wide central midfielders to make up for departures, with Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira all making their way this summer.
Different profiles to meet different needs were selected, although none of the ones mentioned are known for their scoring prowess. Manuel Locatelli would add similar traits to Xhaka and Yves Bissouma would add energy and tenacity that could unlock Thomas Partey as a more box-to-box midfielder. Again, none of them are scorers.
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Moreover, none of them have scored seven goals in seven premier league matches. A sensational achievement.
So Willock’s case took a dramatic turn. From being someone the club had to relocate to improve the quality within the squad, he should now no longer be sold for less than £ 30million.
Things change quickly in football.
So what are Arsenal doing with him? Newcastle are the only team so far to have shown concrete interest in his signing, but it seems unlikely that they will meet the asking price of £ 20million that has been offered, let alone the £ 30million that some sections of the fan base require.
With Arsenal facing the prospect of starting the season with Mohamed Elneny, Partey and Albert Sambi Lokonga (possibly) if they sell Willock, the options in that department are slim, especially with two of the aforementioned trios potentially out for six weeks of the season. to CAN.
Of course, a new midfielder to complete Lokonga will be recruited, but if Willock leaves Mikel Arteta has four options – five if Miguel Azeez is offered his Premier League chance.
Because of the sheer volume of work to be undertaken, saying goodbye to Hale Ender and then possibly getting a third midfielder thickens an already stacked to-do list.
So should Willock stay? Well, according to football.london, the midfielder now looks set to do so after his sensational stint at Tyneside, with Arteta seeing him in his plans “for years to come”.
Unless an offer is impossible to refuse, it will stay. Is this the right decision to make?