Mikel Arteta says Joe Willock’s performances for Newcastle United have opened up various options for his future development.
The Athletic reported earlier this week that the Magpies were on the verge of capturing the England under-21 international for around £25 million but with Arsenal heading to Brentford tomorrow, it looks like the player will start the new campaign as a Gunner.
Asked whether Willock is part of his plans, Arteta said: “The situation is that he’s our player. We held some conversations because it’s not only about what we want to do, there’s the player’s interest, the role that the player can fit within a squad, a club.
“What he’s done has put him in a really strong position where he can choose a little bit with more options what his future could look like. This is what we’re trying to define right now.
Asked if Willock would still be at the Emirates come September, Arteta added: “I don’t know. I’m not going to say that because you’ll come like you did earlier with a quote from last season. I’d prefer not to answer that.”