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Mikel Arteta says Joe Willock will return to Arsenal this summer

Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has said that Joe Willock will return to north London this summer after his explosive loan spell with Newcastle United.

Willock has broken records for the Magpies and scored once again this week as they saw off Sheffield United at St James’ Park.

The young midfielder’s loan spell in the Northeast has been one of the most successful in Premier League history. Willock’s six goals in a row mean he’s the youngest in PL history to achieve such a feat.

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And speaking ahead of this weekend’s final game of the season, Arteta told Arsenal’s official site that Willock will be back this summer.

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“I think it was great for him to go away and have a different experience, he has grabbed that opportunity in a really positive and remarkable way and he will come back to us. We will have a conversation with him and plan the next years for him,” Arteta said.

“I spoke with the coaching staff there (at Newcastle) and they’re extremely happy because he was a key part of contributing to get the objectives that they had. That’s a real positive for him. For sure [he will come back in the summer] because he’s got a contract and that’s going to be here. That’s for sure.”

There has been talk of Willock potentially moving on a permanent basis. However, his value has shot up, with some reports suggesting he could land Arsenal over £30m if he is sold.

But with uncertainty over the futures of the likes of Martin Odegaard could also create a pathway for Willock. And if he can replicate his form with Newcastle back ‘home’, then Arteta might just have to play him.

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Unless the Spaniard had already made his mind up before Willock left, then surely he has to get his chance with Arsenal?

The Gunners have hardly pulled up any trees this season and in January, were crying out for goals from midfield. Willock could bring that, so the notion that they simply just sell him is a bit of a bizarre one.

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