‘Surely’: Paul Merson can’t get his head around £25m Arsenal decision
Paul Merson claims that he can’t get his head around Arsenal’s decision to get rid of Joe Willock this summer.
Arsenal completed the sale of Willock last week to Premier League rivals Newcastle United for £25million.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder is a product of the Gunners academy, but he’s now departed on a permanent basis.
Willock spent the second half of last season on loan with Newcastle, scoring eight goals in just 14 games.
There is no doubt his return to St James’ Park is going to allow him to play regularly in the top flight, so he’s taken the brave move to leave Arsenal for the sake of his career.
Pundit and ex-Arsenal player Merson is staggered at the decision by his former club to sell Willock. For him, he believes that the English youngster could have added something to Mikel Arteta’s squad moving forward.
“Why would you let Joe Willock go? I’m not saying he’s the answer, but he’s come through the club and is going for £25m, that sort of money isn’t going to change Arsenal,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“Surely Willock is a future player and for the present, and can be involved in the plan.”
Martin Odegaard rumour explains Joe Willock exit
It’s disappointing for Arsenal to sell Willock this summer, especially as he’s a serious talent from the academy. However, his exit might make a little more sense now.
According to Sky Sports, the north London club are in “advanced talks” over a deal to sign Real Madrid’s 22-year-old playmaker Martin Odegaard.
He would have blocked Willock’s path, along with Emile Smith Rowe.