Arsenal’s young midfielder Joe Willock says he’s ready to take his chance if he features against Doncaster Rovers in the Carabao Cup tonight.
The 18-year-old had a few chances in pre-season to show what he can do but has since been back with the u23s.
The same goes for Reiss Nelson, but Nelson did manage to get his first senior appearance in the Community Shield, and then his first European appearance in the Europa League against Köln, both from the bench.
I feel the meeting with Doncaster Rovers may convince Arsène Wenger to rotate a bit, especially after a hard-fought match against Chelsea. Willock is hoping he gets the nod, telling Arsenal.com: “I’m always ready to grab my chance with two hands, so if it comes on Wednesday I will play my best.
“I’m looking forward to the next game, the next under-23s game, but if that comes as well I’ll be grateful. It means a lot (that the season is going well with the u23s), I know it’s still early, but we mean to go on [like that] so we’re just going to carry on fighting and hopefully get something out of the season.”
Arsenal are currently second in the PL2 table, and I feel the young team are clearly a talented group who should filled with confidence after many played a part for the first team in pre-season.
But for players like Willock, Nelson and Eddie Nketiah, I believe competitive first-team chances will now start to be on their minds. The three teenagers are still young enough to make a breakthrough.
It’s good to see Willock is clearly eager for opportunities when they are available. We’ll find out tonight if he gets one.