Arsenal have announced that Joe Willock has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

Having previously signed new terms in November 2017, the new deal is a reward for his recent progress, and a four year contract will secure his services until the end of the 2023 season (which sounds so far in the future we’ll sure have Hoverboards by then).

He starred during pre-season, and Unai Emery kept faith with him for three of our four Premier League games so far, with starts against Newcastle, Burnley and Liverpool.

The 20 year old has caught the eye with mature midfield performances, and his development into a first team player continues apace.

The club’s Technical Director, Edu, said, “We’re delighted that Joe has committed his long-term future to us.

“The hard work of the academy coaches and staff, Joe, his family and everyone behind the scenes have been key to the development of his potential.

“Bringing young players through to the first team from the academy is an important part of our approach and Joe’s progression is a good example for how we want to work in the future.

“Joe has shown hard work and determination to get this far. He’s continuing to develop and we look forward to him making a big contribution to the club.”

It’s great news that one of the Academy’s rising stars has fully committed his future, and let’s hope he’s player we see a lot more of in the years to come.

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charlesko
charlesko
8 months ago

Best news today!

Gooooooonnnnaaaaaaaa
Gooooooonnnnaaaaaaaa
8 months ago
Reply to  charlesko

Excellent news!

For so long Chris Willock was considered the most promising of the 3 Willocks. Ive not heard his name since his move to Benfica, nor have I heard of Mat Willocks name since his move to United.

Hopefully this can be a good example for our academy players to follow, especially after losing talented youngsters like Amaechi.

Paul Barrington
Paul Barrington
8 months ago

Chris has returned to England and has signed a contact with WBA.

Goonertic
Goonertic
8 months ago

Chris has returned to England and has signed a contract with WBA. Hope he gets plenty of game time.

YaGunnersYa
YaGunnersYa
8 months ago
Reply to  Goonertic

Chris has returned to England and has signed a contract with WBA. Hope he gets plenty of game time. He still has time to build on his potential and perhaps one day we will see him back at Arsenal again.

leroy
leroy
8 months ago
Reply to  YaGunnersYa

Chris has returned to England and has signed a contract with WBA. Hope he gets plenty of game time. He still has time to build on his potential and perhaps one day we will see him back at Arsenal again. purple monkey dishwasher.

Eric Blair
Eric Blair
8 months ago
Reply to  leroy

Chris has returned to England and has signed a contract with WBA. Hope he gets plenty of game time. He still has time to build on his potential and perhaps one day we will see him back at Arsenal again. He also said Johnson’s a wanker.

kaius
kaius
8 months ago

Getting Joe to re-sign and refusing to let Koscielny’s public tantrum bully them into giving him a free move away – all signs we have a smart football club again.

With clubs like Bayern eyeing up talents like Joe, we have to prioritise pay rises and secure long-terms for them. Getting these kids to commit is not easy and costs hard cash.

G-Man
G-Man
8 months ago
Reply to  charlesko

England (u21) starters in attack, a young midfield with maturity (ESR, AMN, Guen and Will) and a young back 4 once Saliba is in. “The future’s bright, the future’s Arsenal”.

Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin
8 months ago

It’s great that the deal will lock him down for a few years kthxbye

Duno
Duno
8 months ago

Will locked into another contract! *will grab my coat soon*.
Our club is finally being run smartly, love it!

Cultured determination
Cultured determination
8 months ago
Reply to  Duno

Yup. We raul edu know what we are doing!. Could u pass me my coat too?

PGunner
PGunner
8 months ago

Fucking excellent. Proper talent!

Cacho
Cacho
8 months ago
Reply to  PGunner

The English core is shaping up nicely. AMN, Willock, Nelson, Holding, ESR. All in or around the first team and looking to impress

Ketan
Ketan
8 months ago

Think future, think hoverboards

SB Still
SB Still
8 months ago

Xhaka’s planned paternity time off next month, would give Willock more chances.

Although young, Willock, Guendouzi, Torreira (in a more defensive role), along with the loanee (hopefully perm soon) Ceballos have the opportunity to be the main men in midfield.

momozemio
momozemio
8 months ago
Reply to  SB Still

Hell yeah ! Let’s imagine those young lads are getting 30 to 50% stronger than they already are today in the coming 2 to 3 years, both individually and collectively… Sky would be the limit ??

Mentally Drained Gooner
Mentally Drained Gooner
8 months ago

He looks so assured, calm and confident on the pitch which is mind boggling to see for a 20 year old in his first full season. I think Emery’s biggest contribution to arsenal before he leaves would be guendouzi and willock

Scott P
Scott P
8 months ago

Hopefully we can get Guendouzi to sign as well, we need him here for a long time.

Scott Wilson
Scott Wilson
8 months ago

Brilliant news! Future captain!!

Joe Kawooya
Joe Kawooya
8 months ago

Will be more delighted when Robbie Burton makes it to what Joe has.