Joe Willock: Time to step up next season
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Newcastle player Joe Willock celebrates after scoring the winning goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Sheffield United at St. James Park on May 19, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Joe Willock has become the youngest player to score in six consecutive matches in the Premier League, making the Newcastle United fans fall in love with the loanee.

Arsenal's midfield are having a rather lacklustre season, the return of Willock may just be what is needed to revamp the side for the coming campaign.

His season so far

Willock completed his move to Tyneside in January, since then he has be crucial cog in the Newcastle system, as they now find themselves in 15th in the league table.

Willock's six consecutive goals have achieved the Magpies reassurance that they will be in the Premier League next season.

Many of his goals have become a deciding factor in the match, scoring late equalisers against both Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool and securing three points with the only goal against Sheffield United.

There is no doubt that the Newcastle fans will be wanting to secure the 21-year-old's services for the coming season, and following the match against Sheffield, he was the subject of "We want you to stay" chants.

Why Arteta must start him 

Gunners fans have been looking on with envy to Newcastle, as Willock has been outshining all of the Arsenal midfielders. The box-to-box midfielder would offer a drive to the side that the others have not. 

It looks like Dani Ceballos is set to return to Spain after a disappointing year, and there have been suggestions that Mohammed Elneny does not reach the high standards of ability set by the club.

This gives Mikel Arteta the free rein of decision of whether Willock can fit into the central-midfield role with Thomas Partey

Willock also had a successful Europa League campaign with the Gunners this season, playing in five matches and scoring three goals. This is where he was proving his worth before the fruitful move to Newcastle. 

There will be hope amongst the Emirates that Willock will decide to stay in London for the coming season, despite the love shown from the Magpie faithful.

His drive to make forward runs might just be what is needed in this Arsenal side.

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