Arsenal have shown a tendency in recent years of rewarding their top young players with either long-term contracts or a lot of playing time on the senior squad. The latest example of this has been their midfielder Joe Willock.
The 20-year-old has enjoyed a great start to the 2019-20 season and The Gunners have reportedly rewarded him with a new “long-term” contract that will keep him at the Emirates Stadium for the foreseeable future. However, the contract details have not been revealed.
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has shown a willingness, particularly since the start of this season, to give opportunities to the club’s academy products. Willock looks set to continue to benefit from that approach, and the Spaniard praised his youngster after the news of the contract extension was revealed.
“Joe has progressed a lot in the last year,” Emery said. “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 fulfil his potential.”
The 20-year-old playmaker has started each of Arsenal’s opening three Premier League games this season, and now he registers 20 total appearances for the club at the senior level. Undoubtedly, he must have acres of potential for Arsenal to give him another contract after a short period of time on the senior squad.