Martin Keown was left full of praise for Arsenal youngster Joe Willock after his performance on Thursday night, claiming that he continues to keep getting better.
The 21-year-old starred in a 3-0 home win against Dundalk in the Europa League group stages, which puts them in a strong position after two games to qualify for the knockout rounds.
Willock scored one and assisted another in the victory at the Emirates Stadium, his goal was a brilliant finish that he fired into the roof of the net from inside the penalty area.
It was the midfielder’s fifth appearance of the season across all competitions and he’s yet to play a single minute in the Premier League this term, but sent out a statement with his European performance.
The Gunners academy graduate played 44 first-team games last season for the North London club and was a regular in the team, but has fallen down the pecking order under manager Mikel Arteta and has work to do to earn regular minutes again.
Keown was majorly impressed with Willock for his European performance and explained that he’s a rising talent that keeps improving.
“He drives from that midfield and gives Arsenal a little bit something else. He’s got a good skillset, he’s got pace, he picks up this little pocket,” Keown told BT Sport 2 (10:53pm, 29 October).
“His service is getting better. I was really pleased with him tonight. He is improving and getting better all the time.”
Willock certainly did himself no harm with his latest performance and his first Premier League minutes of the season will surely just be around the corner.
He’s an all-action central midfielder that can provide a real goal threat with his box-to-box runs and could be exactly what Arsenal need right now, as they’ve been lacking a creative spark in some games this season.
But Arteta has preferred to use the likes of Dani Ceballos, Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny so far this season, while Willian is also preferred in a more advanced number 10 position.