Mikel Arteta says he’ll explain Joe Willock’s absence in due course but for now, he’s unable to say why the player was absent from Arsenal’s squad for today’s clash with Sp*rs.
The England under-21 international has been heavily linked with a move to Newcastle United leading to speculation that the Gunners are ready to sanction a sale.
Willock spent the second half of last season on loan at St James’ Park and ended the campaign scoring seven goals in seven consecutive games. Magpies manager Steve Bruce has made it clear, he’d love to sign the youngster.
Speaking after today’s 1-0 defeat, Arteta said: “Joe we will explain the reasons when we can. I can’t say more now. When I can say more I will let you know more.”
Arteta was also asked about Rob Holding not being part of the squad. The Spaniard said the centre-back was out due to fitness reasons casting doubt over his involvement against Brentford in Friday’s season opener.