Arsenal have promoted young midfielder Joe Willock to their first-team squad ahead of the 2019/20 season, according to Gunners youth expert Jeorge Bird.
He says that Willock has been handed the number 28 shirt at the Emirates Stadium in the opening days of pre-season training as Unai Emery’s plans get underway.
There has been a reshuffle behind the scenes, with Freddie Ljungberg promoted to help the senior side, with Steve Bould reverting back down to the young players.
That’s likely aimed at improving the pathway to the first team for the young guns, especially at a club where money appears to be at a premium at the moment – without the Champions League millions rolling in.
Many Arsenal fans took to Twitter to react to the report; lots of them feel that it means there will be no experience central midfield signing to replace Aaron Ramsey.
That said, there is plenty of excitement about Willock’s potential, and some fans want to see him given the opportunity to try and fill the void left by Ramsey’s departure to whatever extent he can.
Good news, also heard the same about Nketiah, now waiting on Nelson, Smith-Rowe, Bielik and John Jules
— TPG (@MaksymilianSmi4) July 8, 2019
Well deserved. I believe in this guy
— G6 🛩 (@_Tobolos_) July 8, 2019
good on him, was only bright spark in dismal Europa final. Fingers crossed it works out for one of the young english boys
— Reece Lock (@ReeceLockTS) July 8, 2019
Ramsey replacement ?
— Owen (@Owen3457) July 8, 2019
Should replace ozil
— lee braithwaite (@lee_braithwaite) July 8, 2019
I think that means no box to box mid this summer but I can deal with that I like him
— Moses Spencer (@mospen10) July 8, 2019
There’s our new signing…and relax! Lol
— Simone Palmiero (@SimonePalmiero) July 8, 2019
This is good news
— Emjay (@tjames_Debayo) July 8, 2019
Who needs Ramsey's replacement when you have Joe Willock
— DenniSuarez Just On Loan (@DennisuarezL) July 9, 2019
— Salat (@salatms) July 8, 2019
Willock deserves more playing time
— Mønsieur Rafayizle (@Rafayizle) July 8, 2019
Lets give the lad a real shot then and watch him grow
— Gary Kerr (@cammo33) July 8, 2019
That’s our Ramsey replacement Lool
— 𝖟𝖊𝖘𝖙𝖞 (@zvsty) July 8, 2019