'The worst decision': Gunners-leaning pundit thinks Arsenal have made a major transfer mistake
Arsenal have made “the worst decision” possible in selling Joe Willock, according to Darren Bent.
The Gunners sold the talented 21-year-old to Newcastle earlier this month for a reported £25million.
Willock came through the ranks at Hale End and was rated highly at the club.
He clocked up 78 senior appearances for Arsenal but had been struggling for game time under Mikel Arteta.
However, Willock shone on loan at Newcastle in the second half of the 2020-21 campaign.
Now, the midfielder has joined the Magpies permanently, and Bent – a boyhood Arsenal fan – isn’t impressed.
Arsenal have offloaded “hungry” talent
When asked on talkSPORT – via Chronicle Live – whether the Gunners were right to sell Willock, Bent replied: “No they weren’t.
“We’ve seen (Mohamed) Elneny, we’ve seen (Granit) Xhaka. Xhaka’s time has passed now for me. Elneny has never really got started.
“But we’ve got a young player who’s hungry, who went out on loan to Newcastle and did very, very well, coming back full of confidence, hoping to be part of the squad, and then you just let him go.
“It’s brilliant news for Newcastle. They’ll absolutely love him up there. But, for Arsenal, it was the worst decision.”
Willock scored eight times in 14 Premier League appearances for Newcastle last season.
He even set a new record by becoming the youngest player to score in seven consecutive games.
The seventh of those goals also equalled Alan Shearer’s mark for goals in consecutive Premier League games for Newcastle.