Joe Willock was quick to thank Arsenal after securing his £25 million move to Newcastle.
A Gunner since he was four and a half, Willock came through the ranks at Hale End to make his senior debut at just 17. He went on to make 78 appearances for the first team, scoring 11 goals and making four assists.
He moves to St James’ Park after a successful loan spell during which he scored in seven consecutive games.
While it was difficult for both Joe and Arsenal to part ways, it’s understandable that the 21-year-old is excited at the prospect of becoming a regular Premier League footballer at a big club.
“I’m buzzing to be here,” Willock told Newcastle’s official website. “I loved my time here last season and I’m really happy to be back and to be a Newcastle United player.
“Leaving Arsenal is obviously a big step, and I’d like to thank everyone involved with the club for all their support over the years, but this is the right move to the right club at the right time for me.
“I only got one chance to play in front of a smaller number of Newcastle fans as a home player last season, so I can’t wait to step out in front of a packed St. James’ Park and experience that atmosphere.”
Willock could be one of a number of academy graduates to leave Arsenal this summer. Eddie Nketiah, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson are currently on the fringes of Mikel Arteta’s squad and are known to be assessing their options.