Mikel Arteta insists Joe Willock shall be again at Arsenal subsequent season – however Newcastle stay decided to signal the midfielder.
The 21-year-old joined Steve Bruce’s facet on switch deadline day and has develop into a agency favorite on Tyneside.
He has helped them safe Premier League survival with seven targets, together with six in his final six matches.
After scoring in Wednesday’s 1-Zero win over rock-bottom Sheffield United, Willock recommended he was able to push for a permament transfer to Newcastle.
Arteta has appeared to shut the door on the prospect of Willock leaving Arsenal in the summertime.
Requested whether or not Willock will nonetheless be an Arsenal participant subsequent season, the Gunners boss mentioned: “For positive as a result of he’s obtained a contract and he’s going to be right here. That’s for positive.
“He obtained the duty and the duty to go to Newcastle to assist them go the place they need.
“I spoke with their teaching workers and so they’re extraordinarily joyful as a result of he was a key a part of contributing to get the targets that they’d. That’s an actual constructive for him.
“I’m actually joyful issues have gone so nicely for him due to the potential he had. I feel it was nice for him to go away and have a distinct expertise. He has grabbed that chance in a extremely constructive and noteworthy manner.
“He shall be again with us, we can have these conversations with him and plan the subsequent few years for him.”
That has not deterred Newcastle boss Steve Bruce, although, who has vowed to check Arsenal’s resolve to hold on to Willock.
Bruce mentioned: “We at all times mentioned that it was a double-edged sword, and now we have to respect that he’s Arsenal’s participant.
“We’ll see over the summer season whether or not we are able to check their resolve. Let’s see. As I’ve mentioned many, many instances now, I’ve obtained whole respect. Let’s not disrespect Arsenal, he’s their participant.”