Joe Willock has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, the club have announced on their website.
The case of the 20-year-old, who started at the club when he was a kid and progressed through the youth ranks of Arsenal Academy, is a great example of how true Arsenal players are molded.
The midfielder made his senior debut in September 2017 in the 4-2 Europa League win against Red Star Belgrade and his Premier League debut in April 2018 against Newcastle United. Since then he has made 20 appearances for the first team and scored his first senior goal in a 3-0 Europa League victory against Vorskla Poltava in November 2018. The Englishman was also included in the latest England Under-21 team, but had to withdraw due to an injury.
Edu Gaspar, Arsenal’s Technical Director, has said that the club are delighted to have Joe commit himself to the club long-term and has emphasized the importance of all the parties involved – including the Academy coaches, staff, Joe’s family and, of course, Joe himself – in the process of the development of Joe’s potential. He has also suggested the club would prefer to bring their future players to the club in a similar manner, through the Academy, and has expressed his satisfaction with Willock’s determination and hard work.
Asked about the renewal of Willock’s contract with the Gunners, coach Emery said that the youngster had made great progress in the last year, becoming stronger technically and showing the confidence to play under any circumstances and against all opponents.
The London-born, whose squad number is 28, made his breakthrough last year, when he appeared in 11 matches for the first team. He took part in the club’s pre-season tour to Singapore this year. This season he participated in three of the four matches played so far in the Premier League.