A man who enjoyed a productive loan period with the Magpies last season continues to speculate about moving from north London
Mikel Arteta claims to be in the dark about Joe Willock’s future at Arsenal, with Newcastle still hoping to put the 21-year-old midfielder back on their books.
A highly rated product from the Gunners’ academy system was productively loaned to the Magpies last season, scoring eight goals in 14 games.
Another stay at St. James’ Park is under discussion for the short or long term, but Arteta put Willock back into his plans during the preseason in north London.
What was said
When asked for an update on Willock and the rest of those who sparked exit talks after losing friendship to Chelsea, Arteta said, “I don’t know (if they’re going).
“I will coach and train them and I will respect and mentor everyone because they are our players.
“Hopefully this is where they can have their brains and prepare because they are Arsenal players and our job is to do them as well as we can.”
What is Newcastle’s attitude?
Willock saw Arsenal playing time against Chelsea, but Arteta wants to give as many players as possible the opportunity to impress.
Newcastle are hoping an exit door will swing open before the August 31st deadline but Steve Bruce is still waiting for the Gunners to give him a final answer.
He told reporters after watching his team beat Burton Albion 2-0 on Friday: “We didn’t bid on any player because Joe was our number one target.
“If that doesn’t happen, we have to make sure that we have the second choice, which we consider to be our second choice. We’ll see what develops in the next few days.”