Arsenal have made their first significant sale of the summer with the departure of Joe Willock to Newcastle, for a fee believed to be £20m, rising as high as £25m with various clauses.
The 21-year-old spent the second half of last season at St James’ Park, and was crowned Premier League Player of the Month in May after a remarkable goalscoring streak that saw him hit the net in seven successive games.
Joe joined the Gunners as a kid and came up through the Hale End academy to make his first team debut on September 20th 2017 in an EFL Cup win over Doncaster.
In total, he made 78 appearances, playing under three different managers and one caretaker manager, scoring 11 goals in red and white.
Arsenal have struggled to sell players during this transfer window, and there may have been others we’d have preferred to move on ahead of Willock, but given there was a substantive offer from Newcastle, including a six-year deal for the midfielder, there wasn’t much choice but to accept.
Reflecting on the deal, Steve Bruce said: “We had to be patient but it was worth the wait.
“Where else can you find a 21-year-old who scored seven on the trot [on loan last season] and plays like him? Fair play to everyone to get it done.”
Best of luck Joe, keep up that scoring – especially against Sp*rs – but not against us if you wouldn’t mind. Thanks!