Arsenal are likely to allow Joe Willock to leave on loan this summer, but there are clearly still plenty of possibilities on the table.

Joe Willock of Newcastle United acknowledges the fans after the full-time whistle - Newcastle United v Sheffield United, Premier League, Football, St James Park, Newcastle, UK - 19 May 2021. Copyright: Richard Lee / BPI / Shutterstock
Joe Willock of Newcastle United acknowledges the fans after the full-time whistle – Newcastle United v Sheffield United, Premier League, Football, St James Park, Newcastle, UK – 19 May 2021. Copyright: Richard Lee / BPI / Shutterstock

On Thursday, we covered a report from The Telegraph that Newcastle United believed they were close to agreeing a deal for Joe Willock on loan. As we pointed out then, the actual article was much less conclusive, leaving almost every possibility on the table.

Chris Wheatley has since spoken to ChronicleLive about the situation and given a similar assessment, suggesting a loan is likely but there’s still a lot of possibilities.

For a start, if Willock does leave on loan, it may well be with a contract extension first. If he leaves permanently, the deal is likely to include clauses with an eye on the future (perhaps sell-on clauses, buy-back clauses, bonus clauses, and so on).

Clearly, nothing has been finalised just yet. Willock is keen on first-team football and Newcastle are probably the most likely to offer him that, but he’s still assessing his options at this stage.

Willock is currently in Scotland with the Arsenal squad, but he missed out on the friendly match against Hibs. Arteta said after the game he had a minor groin issue and they didn’t want to risk him.