Joe Willock says he’s living his dream, having come through the Arsenal Academy to play for the first team.
The 19 year old put in an impressive performance against a tough Burnley side, but helped the Gunners to a 2-1 win over the team managed by a man whose head looks like a badly burned testicle.
Willock joined fellow graduates Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson in the starting line-up, and he says it’s evidence of the quality that Arsenal have coming through the ranks.
“It shows how good the academy is,” he said. “We’re all coming from the same place, Hale End, and we’re all progressing.
“To play alongside my closest friend in Reiss is amazing – it’s a dream come true. I’m just living my dream.”
He played his part in a strong midfield performance, creating a fine chance for Lucas Torreira late on, and dovetailing nicely with Matteo Guendouzi and man of the match Dani Ceballos.
The performance of the Spaniard caught the eye, but Willock says they knew it was something the on-loan Real Madrid man was capable of.
“I wasn’t surprised,” he continued. “You see in training every day he’s technical and he’s from a big club like Real Madrid.
“Those are the performances we expect – but he was brilliant today.”
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