Joe Willock will miss Newcastle United’s Premier League match this weekend against Watford as the midfielder shows you can take the player out of Arsenal but never the Arsenal out of the player.

Joe Willock celebrates the opening goal during the Premier League match at Craven Cottage, London. Picture date: Sunday May 23, 2021. Copyright: Matthew Childs
Joe Willock celebrates the opening goal during the Premier League match at Craven Cottage, London. Picture date: Sunday May 23, 2021. Copyright: Matthew Childs

Joe Willock is injured.

As a former Arsenal player, this probably surprises no Arsenal fan on the planet.

Getting injured is what those primed with Arsenal DNA do best.

The 22-year-old has been ruled out of the Magpies game at Watford on Saturday after he kicked the ground in training and injured his toe.

“We’ve got a couple of problems,” Steve Bruce said at his pre-match press conference.

“Joe Willock picked up an injury in training this week unfortunately, and Jamal Lascelles hurt his thigh, so they go onto the injured list which makes that about five or six we’ve got of our first team – not that healthy, I have to say.

“Joe’s was a complete fluke,” Bruce continued.

“Unfortunately, he kicked the ground and damaged the capsule in his toe, so he’ll not make this week and probably touch and go whether he makes next week as well.”

Weirdly, as Arsenal head into this weekend’s game against Tottenham at the Emirates, Mikel Arteta doesn’t have a single injured player to worry about.

He does, however, have Granit Xhaka back from suspension and that, of course, brings with it it’s own issues.

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