Newcastle United want Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock back on another loan spell next season, according to reports in the English media.

Newcastle United midfielder Joe Willock, on loan from Arsenal, during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St. James' Park, Newcastle, England on 12 March 2021. Copyright: Simon Davies
Newcastle United midfielder Joe Willock, on loan from Arsenal, during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St. James’ Park, Newcastle, England on 12 March 2021. Copyright: Simon Davies

According to the latest print edition of the Sunday Mirror (via The Boot Room), Steve Bruce wants Joe Willock to stay for another loan spell.

The same report notes that Arsenal will want Willock to go on loan to a Premier League club, if he goes on loan at all, so Newcastle definitely need to secure their top-flight status first. But even then, the Gunners might look to sell the midfielder instead.

Willock has made seven starts for Newcastle so far, though he dropped to the bench for their match against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend. That’s five more starts than he made for Arsenal in the first half of the campaign.

Plus, Willock came on against Spurs to excellent effect on Sunday, scoring a vital late equaliser against Arsenal’s North London rivals.

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Perhaps things will be different next season, with certain Arsenal midfielders failing to impress in Willock’s absence. He may yet get another chance to reintegrate with Mikel Arteta’s side.

But if Arsenal end up spending on a new midfielder, which seems very possible, maybe they’d look to move Willock on to raise funds, or loan him out so he can keep playing. It’s all up in the air at the moment, but at least we know Newcastle are interested.

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