A number of Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to comment on reports from the weekend claiming that Newcastle United would like to keep Joe Willock for a second loan, while the Gunners are open to selling him permanently.
Willock looked to be one of the big winners from Arsenal’s January window. The 21-year-old had struggled for game-time in the Premier League this season.
But he has been a shining light for Steve Bruce’s side since arriving on loan. He scored on his debut. And of course, he doubled his tally for the Magpies with the equaliser against Spurs at the weekend.
Ahead of that game, the Sunday Mirror (4/4; page 63) reported that Newcastle are keen to agree a loan deal for Willock next season.
However, there is a lot of uncertainty to address before a decision is made on the youngster. The Sunday Mirror noted that Arsenal are open to selling him permanently.
And if they decide to loan him out, they are likely to want him playing in the top flight. So Newcastle’s hopes of keeping him could depend on whether they avoid relegation.
The notion that Arsenal are weighing up selling Willock permanently has prompted a strong reaction on social media amongst supporters.
Plenty of Gunners fans believe that selling the midfielder this summer would be a huge error. Meanwhile, a lot feel that another loan on Tyneside could be perfect for the academy graduate.
Admittedly, some would be open to a sale if he went for a substantial fee. But the majority appear to feel that a loan move would be the ideal option.
With that in mind, here is what some of the Arsenal fans make of the latest report on his future…
Another loan would be good for him but we need to extend his contract. Willock is definetely one for the future👏🏻
— ArsenalStartingXI (@ArsenalStarting) April 4, 2021
Why do teams never wanna purchase our players they always wanna just loan it’s so annoying
— Simply Arsenal (@simply_arsenal) April 4, 2021
I would loan him for another year but wouldn’t sell yet
— Archie 🔴⚪️ (@AFCArchie14) April 4, 2021
Right now Joe is not a player that would get in a top 4 team, so makes no sense to bring him back. extend the loan or loan elsewhere. If he’s not pulling up trees by the end of that loan, sell.
— Røckshamrøver (@Rockshamrover) April 5, 2021
Terrible idea to sell.. Maybe he’s not ready for Arsenal now but he’s still a developing player. In 2 season’s time we might see a different player. I will extend his contract and loan him out for a season.
— A Fan With a Gun (@afanwithagun) April 4, 2021
We cant sell him!
— Aubameyang and Insha Allah FC (@TheArsenalGuy_) April 4, 2021
25mil take him
— Ethan1k17 (@EthanLeepmg) April 4, 2021
No more loans. Permanent deals only https://t.co/D4FCfIUY5K
— Mikel Arteta Amatriain 🎯 (@Uncouth_Sophist) April 4, 2021
He’s playing well there. Bring him back, let him take Ceballos’s role if we don’t sign a CM if we do sign a CM loan him back but do not sell https://t.co/YcmnYz6v0y
— Giulia (@pray4greys) April 4, 2021