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Joe Willock: Arsenal loanee scores in fourth successive match for Newcastle against Leicester

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rsenal followers shall be desperate to see Joe Willock given an opportunity to impress again in north London subsequent season after his exceptional scoring run on mortgage at Newcastle continued.

The 21-year-old midfielder has been with Steve Bruce’s facet since January, netting some pivotal objectives in their combat against relegation from the Premier League.

Willock notched a debut opener in the 3-2 win over Southampton in February and later proceeded to attain in three successive matches with a late equaliser off the bench against Arsenal’s arch-rivals Tottenham, a key winner in a short cameo versus West Ham after which a last-gasp leveller in the draw with Liverpool at Anfield.

The Gunners academy graduate’s nice sequence of kind against Champions League-chasing groups – which has led some to jokingly label him as Chelsea’s greatest signing of the season – continued against third-place Leicester on Friday evening.

Willock seized on an error from Foxes centre-back Caglar Soyuncu after solely 21 minutes on the King Power Stadium earlier than bursting into the penalty space and impressively holding off the Turkish worldwide to fireplace past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and into the underside nook.

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Per Opta Sports, Willock is the primary Newcastle participant to attain in 4 consecutive matches since striker Papiss Cisse did so again in 2012.

Such exploits clearly haven’t escaped the attentions of Arsenal followers, who praised Willock’s achievements but additionally lamented his absence as Mikel Arteta’s ninth-place facet withstand the prospect of no European soccer subsequent season following their Europa League semi-final defeat by Villarreal.

Addressing Willock’s future at Arsenal earlier this week, Arteta – who insisted he was not suprised by the teenager’s spectacular kind – stated: “He has an opportunity. He is a participant we actually like so on the finish of the season he’ll come again right here after which we’ll make the choice once more for what’s greatest to maneuver ahead.”

Meanwhile, Newcastle counterpart Bruce has made no secret of his need to safe a return to Tyneside for Willock subsequent season, although funds for new signings are set to be tight at St James’ Park over the summer season.

“I feel Joe’s totally having fun with it right here,” Bruce stated lately.

“There’s a whole lot of conversations available however why wouldn’t we wish to signal him? He’s 21, he’s younger, match, athletic, he can rating a aim and he’s received fantastic tempo. Arguably Joe is as fast as anybody at this membership.”