While the club are yet to confirm his updated squad status, Willock has been rewarded with a new squad number ahead of the new season and has been training with the senior side – indicating he may be more central to Unai Emery’s plans next season.
Despite being limited to just six appearances last season, Willock impressed on numerous occasions, including with his brace against Blackpool in the FA Cup and scoring in Arsenal’s Europa League campaign away in Ukraine against Vorskla.
His Europa League final cameo – after replacing Mesut Ozil – also offered a brief glimpse into his talents on the big stage, and his rise to the senior squad has been welcomed by lots of excited Gunners fans.
Sporting No28 for the first time, the 19-year-old’s return to action in pre-season training has many Arsenal supporters looking forward to watching him in the year ahead, with many holding high hopes for the teenager in 2019/20 – as the tweets below show:
Congrats on the promotion! Well deserved!
My guyyy, congratulations on the promotion & new number. Big things coming this season.
— Pádraig (@afcpadraig) July 8, 2019
Deserve to be in the first team
— Aidan (@AidanNoel1) July 8, 2019
Beast mode activated
— JustGoonerThings (@GoonerJust) July 8, 2019
This man is Aaron Ramsey’s replacement, big season incoming
— Calum (@calum_davey) July 8, 2019
@Joewillock Our new BERGKAMP
— Abdiladiv Omar (@AbdiladivO) July 8, 2019
You’re going to have a stellar 19/20 season @Joewillock. Wish you all the best bro. You got this????????
— WorldwideArsenal™ (@WorldwideAFC) July 8, 2019
— Dan Dunham (@DanDunham19) July 8, 2019