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Arsenal-supporting pundit claims Gunners should cash in on 21-year-old loanee

Kevin Campbell has suggested that Arsenal need to consider cashing in on loanee Joe Willock this summer.

Willock, 21, has spent the second half of this season out on loan from the Gunners with Newcastle United, where he’s thrived at St James’ Park.

The London-born central midfielder has scored six goals in 12 Premier League appearances for Newcastle to play a significant role in them securing their top-flight status for another year.

His incredible goalscoring run is a testament to the kind of confidence he’s been playing with, and he’s a massive threat with his box-to-box runs.

Arsenal-owned talent Willock is due to return to the Emirates Stadium when the season finishes.

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However, Arsenal-supporting pundit Campbell reckons that his former club should cash in.

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has already gone on record to claim he would “love” to sign Willock on a permanent basis, while well-respected journalist Fabrizio Romano reported this month it could take €30million, €35million for Arsenal to start negotiations for him.

A €35million (£30million) valuation goes to show how his reputation has soared in the space of a few months.

“I think Willock has done great being on loan, and he’s upped his fees, his transfer marketability,” Campbell told Highbury Squad.

“For me, I think Willock has got something. But whether we are in the position to actually realise that, I don’t think we are.

“We know he’s got talent, but what he’s shown at Newcastle he never showed for Arsenal, in the league. So you can cash in. You get top dollar for him now.”

TBR’s View:

Willock is a massive talent that came through the academy ranks at Arsenal, following a similar path to the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka.

Remarkably, Willock has played 78 first-team games for the Gunners, scoring 11 goals in that time.

But the English midfielder has never really been able to establish himself as a starter for a long period of time, albeit he’s still aged just 21.

His short spell at Newcastle has shown he’s capable of performing at Premier League level, so there is a big decision to be made on his future this summer.

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