Who is Joe Willock?
Joseph George Willock is an English midfielder who plays at the Premier League club Arsenal.
A youth product of the Gunners, Willock joined the club at age four-and-a-half, having been permitted to play alongside his older brothers.
Joe made his senior team debut for the north London giants on 20 September 2017 in the EFL Cup versus Doncaster Rovers.
Willock made his PL debut against Newcastle United on 15 April 2018.
He netted his first senior goal several months later in a 3–0 UEFA Europa League victory over Vorskla Poltava. He then netted his first brace in a 3–0 FA Cup win away at Blackpool on 5 January 2019.
In September 2019, it was announced that Joe had signed a fresh long-term contract with Arsenal.
The youngster played as Arsenal won 3–0 versus Eintracht Frankfurt by scoring deflected effort to open the scoring in the first matchday of the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League.
In the winter of 2021, Willock signed for Newcastle United on loan for the remainder of the 2020–21 term.
After netting in three consecutive substitute appearances versus Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Liverpool, the star was rewarded with a start versus Leicester City, where the Gunners ace was once again on target, netting the opening goal in a 4–2 win for the Magpies.
On 19 May, Joe scored in his sixth consecutive top-flight game, becoming the youngest player in PL history to do so at the age of 21 years and 272 days, a record formerly held by Romelu Lukaku.
On the final day of the Premier League campaign, the player scored again to equal the club record of consecutive matches scored in, with club icon Alan Shearer.
What is Joe Willock’s international career like?
Willock scored for his country’s U16 team against Scotland in the 2014 Victory Shield.
Joe also represented the England U19 team but was one of a host of players withdrawn from selection for the 2018 UEFA European U19 EFL Championship by their club.
Joe represented the England U20 team in the 2018–19 U20 Elite League and netted the winning goals in matches against Italy and Germany.
He was a member of an England U20 side at the Toulon Tournament in 2019 and scored in group stage defeats versus Portugal and Chile.
In the summer of 2019, Willock was included in his nation’s U21 squad for the first time but had to withdraw because of an injury. He, in the end, made his U21 debut in October 2019 during a 2–2 with Slovenia in Maribor.