Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson offer hope for the future


As usual, Arsenal had a large representation in the England U16 squad in the Victory Shield this year, with Tolaji Bola and Charlie Gilmour amongst the talented schoolboys that featured for the Three Lions.

Two young Gunners in particular stood out, though. Reiss Nelson is just 14, but the skilful winger is already playing U16 football on a regular basis for Arsenal and he seemed at ease on the international stage too as he impressed in the game against Scotland last week.

Joe Willock celebrates scoring for England U16s (Getty Images)

Joe Willock celebrates scoring for England U16s (Getty Images)

The most prominent player from an Arsenal perspective, though, was Joe Willock, with the attacking midfielder scoring a sublime goal to open the scoring. The younger brother of first-year scholar Chris, Joe made his debut for Arsenal U18s recently and is expected to sign scholarship terms with the club next summer.

That raises the possibility that we will soon see the two Willock brothers lining up together in the same team for Arsenal at youth level. They certainly appear brighter prospects than Justin and Gavin Hoyte, the last siblings to feature alongside eachother for the Gunners.

At one stage Arsenal had another member of the Willock clan on their books, but Matty joined Manchester United in 2012.

Arsenal will simply be pleased to have two such talented individuals at their disposal. Of course both of them are a very long way from breaking into the first-team squad, but they are certainly stand-outs at their respective age levels.

 

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