Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Chris Willock’s ability to glide past players reminds him of former England international Chris Waddle.
Chris, whose little brother Joseph is also on Arsenal’s books, was one of the club’s outstanding performers at under-21 level last season as he helped the Gunners secure promotion to the newly-named Premier League 2.
Having been included on the first-team pre-season tour to Singapore in 2015, Willock was handed further first team experience on the recent tour of California where he featured against the MLS All Stars and Chivas de Guadalajara.
Having witnessed Willock’s technical ability at close hand, Oxlade-Chamberlain was full of praise for the England youth international.
“Chris is a great player,” the Ox told Arsenal Player. “He is a typical Arsenal player – left foot, right foot, very technical and he dribbles with the ball really nicely.
“My dad used to tell me about Chris Waddle who used to go past players as if they weren’t there at his own speed as if it is effortless. Chrissy Willock has that about him, he can glide past people and looks really nice on the ball.
“As I said, he is a great player. He can score goals as well, which is crucial as the older you get with the end of product and stuff. He has shown, ever since I have been aware of him or watched him, he can score goals for the youth team or the reserve team. He is a great player and I’m sure he has a really big future ahead of him.”
Willock is set to feature for the under-23s when they face Liverpool this afternoon. You can watch the action live on Arsenal.com from 6.45pm (UK time).