Joe Willock says he wants to play week in, week out for Unai Emery and believes he can score more goals and make more assists if he’s given the chance.
After an impressive start to the season, Arsenal confirmed this afternoon that the England under-21 international had been rewarded with a new long-term contract.
Having been at the club since he was four and a half, Willock, the youngest of three brothers who all started at Hale End, is very much ‘one of our own’.
“As a young boy growing up through the academy, I’ve always wanted to play at the Emirates and play in front of the fans and stuff,” he told Arsenal.com after penning his deal.
“So to do it, it’s only right in my heart and my mind to know that this is the right club for me. And to carry on my own future here is brilliant.”
“The manager has put a lot of faith in not just in me but in a lot of youngsters so far already this season. It’s so encouraging.
“In training every day he is encouraging us and to play in front of the fans with my best friends is amazing and I’m just trying to play my best and continue every day.”
Willock also identified the areas of his game that he’s eager to improve.
“I need to continue working hard and striving to play at my best,” he said. “I feel like I can add more goals to my game and more assists and keep on affecting the game in the best way I can and helping us to win. So yeah, I feel like I can score more goals.
“I always want to be playing week in, week out in the first team and showing what I can do. So that’s my main goal really, to break into the first team and establish myself and play week in, week out and show the fans what I can do.”