Joe Willock signs a contract extension with Arsenal
The young prodigy who turned 20 last month have been at arsenal since 4, he progressed through the club’s Academy youth ranks. Joe made his senior debut in September 2017 against Doncaster Rivers in the League cup.
He has seen much minutes since the beginning of the new season than ever before, starting three premier league games, thereby bringing his first team appearances to 20.
Joe was called up to the England U-21.
Joe said after signing his contract, ‘It’s right in my heart and my mind… this is the club for me’
In his words Arsenal’s Technical director Edu said: “We’re delighted that Joe has committed his long-term future to us. The hard work of the academy coaches and staff, Joe, his family and everyone behind the scenes have been key to the development of his potential.
“Bringing young players through to the first team from the academy is an important part of our approach and Joe’s progression is a good example for how we want to work in the future. Joe has shown hard work and determination to get this far. He’s continuing to develop and we look forward to him making a big contribution to the club.”
Arsenal’s Head coach Unai Emery said: “Joe has progressed a lot in the last year. He is technically strong and has shown the confidence to take responsibility and play his game whatever the occasion or opposition. I’m looking forward to working with to help him develop further and fulfill his potential.”
The young prodigy has produced some great performances this season every time he plays, he has received praise for his performances and it’s no coincidence that he is been rewarded with a long-term contract.
Here is Joe’s response to the question that where does all that spirit and determination come from?
“It’s no exaggeration to say that my dad gave me the type of work-rate that I have,” Willock told Arsenal Player. “He’s a big part of who I am today, and is the reason why me and my brothers have got to where we are today. He’s shown us how to do a lot of things, but his main thing was for us to work hard at everything we did.
“After we’d finished training during the day at Hale End, we used to go to the park for hours until it got dark, and he’d be teaching us different skills. There’d be times where he’d boot the ball up into the air and we’d take turns trying to bring it down, and then other times we’d put him in goal and play a knock-out tournament between us. He’s put in a lot of hard work for us, blood, sweat and tears, and he’s always supported me.
“If it wasn’t my dad, it was my two older brothers. If I ever didn’t want to go to training for whatever silly reason, I’d have to answer to one of my brothers and then if it ever got to my dad… well I’d make sure I was ready for training before that!
“He’s always been there to make sure I’m pushing myself to be the best person and player I can be. He would say, ‘Even if you’re tired, you’ve still got to show what you can do because you can improve every day’.”
Everyone at Arsenal congratulates and wish Joe Willock a great time at the club.