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Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock has taken step backward with Mikel Arteta

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Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock has taken step backward with Mikel Arteta

There has been a wave of Arsenal youngsters from the academy come into the first-team scene in recent seasons and Joe WIllock is one of them.

The 20-year-old is a highly-rated talent that is now part of the senior squad at the Emirates Stadium and has come up through the various age levels as a youngster.

He is an England Under-21 international that prefers a central midfield role and is an extremely technical player on the ball.

Willock signed a new deal at the Emirates Stadium back in September, something that received huge positivity from ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell

‘Great to see Joe Willock has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal. He has a big future starting this season,” Campbell wrote on his personal Twitter account last September.

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Campbell was keen to tip him for big success with the North London club after he signed a new contract and he was putting in some impressive display in the early stages of the season under manager Mikel Arteta.


Willock has scored four goals in 32 appearances this campaign so far, with all of them coming when Emery was still in charge.

But the midfielder has seen his form massively drop off since the change of manager to Mikel Arteta in December and he’s yet to find the scoresheet since he arrived.

He’s not started a single league fixture since the beginning of December when Emery was still boss and it’s clear that he was beginning to find his feet under him, but has now taken a step backwards.

Willock has had no such success in recent months so it’s up to him to try get into the new manager’s good books and once again live up to his potential, but Arteta could help him out by using him as a box-to-box midfielder rather than in the number 10 role.

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