Joe Willock showcases potential in Arsenal U18s’ win over Wolves


His brother Chris has already been mentioned by Arsene Wenger as a potential candidate to break into the Arsenal first-team squad next season and now Joe Willock is starting to demonstrate that he is a very talented prospect in his own right.

The 16-year-old- the youngest of Arsenal’s current first-year scholars- hasn’t always been a regular for the club’s U18 side this season, but when he has featured the England youth international has invariably been impressive.

In the 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers last week striker Edward Nketiah hit the headlines by continuing his fine recent form with a brace, but Willock’s performance in that game certainly warrants a mention.

The youngster showcased his immense potential by controlling the ball immaculately while he also played several short, snappy passes to his team-mates as Arsenal impressed in an attacking sense.

Although he is also capable of operating out wide, the younger Willock is best suited to playing as an attacking midfielder as from that area of the pitch he can burst forwards to great effect.

Willock isn’t a prolific goalscorer but he is steadily improving in that regard. His ability to lay on chances for others is superb and the starlet seems perfectly suited to Arsenal’s style of play.

In addition to Willock’s display there was another positive to take from the Wolves game as U15 player Xavier Amaechi made his U18s debut as a late substitute.

Arsenal: Virginia; Eyoma, Osei-Tutu, T. Bola, Chatzitheodoridis; Mourgos (Benson, 77), Dragomir; Tella (Omole, 46), J. Willock, Fortune (Amaechi, 86); Nketiah. Not used: Barden.



    1. Kalechi Nwakali signed a 5-year contract with us. He is a huge talent but I don’t see how he will get a chance here. We have so many promising attacking midfielders – Reine-Adelaide, Chris Willock, Iwobi, Gnabry, Reiss Nelson,etc.

      IMO, Kalechi should have joined a smaller club to get regular first team football and better develop.

      1. As soon as I saw that fella it was clear to me: Wenger will groom him as a deep lying playmaker. Same sort of role as Arteta or Cazorla. He is not brought in for attacking midfield. Wenger wants much more incisive and mobile players further up front.

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