Hindsight is a wonderful thing and opinions are forever changing in the fickle world of football, but it’s been quite amusing to see what many Arsenal fans have had to say either side of Joe Willock’s outstanding loan spell at St James’ Park.
As you can see below, we picked out what Gunners fans were saying in response to Arsenal announcing his deadline day move to Newcastle and compared them to what they’re now saying three months and eight goals later!
Arsenal fans reaction to his loan move to NUFC on January 31st:
Keep him there we don’t want him
Best piece of news all of yesterday! Joe and Eddie (Nkeiah) aren’t Arsenal level of players!! They look more like Newcastle and West Brom standard!! I bet you they can’t even hold down a starting berth there!
He’s an average player at best. Likes to go missing for the majority of the time he’s on the pitch, then pops up with a goal or assist out of nowhere.
People defend players like Willock and Maitland-Niles because they’re from our academy. They aren’t Arsenal level, and I choose not to accept mediocre players.
Won’t have to watch this lad play for us again for a while. What a relief
I hope he never comes back. When is Nketiah leaving?
Best news of the transfer window, fantastic not to see his name on the team sheet again this year. Hope he does ok and doesn’t come back, he is not Arsenal class and has already had too many chances.
Finally getting deadwood out big up Arteta and Edu.
Thank you lord! Won’t miss him.
Hope there’s an obligation to buy at the end of it!
Average player who only scores goals against **** Europa League teams. He’s done well to get a move to Newcastle!
Some pretty damning comments that suggest many in North London wouldn’t have batted an eyelid had the loan move included an option for us to sign him, yet their stance has soon changed now he’s scored in each of his final seven games for Newcastle – a feat that has saw the whole of Tyneside urge us to sign him permanently.
Arsenal fans reacting to his return to AFC after 8 goals in 14 games at Newcastle:
£20-£25m? NO!! £30-£35m. I’d happily accept that if NUFC were desperate to keep him they’d offer the money and not perhaps try and insult with a derogatory offer. Time will tell if they’ll really want him enough to make a serious offer for him. At £15-£25m, not a chance!
Why sell him at all… If he was given the same minutes as Willian was this season, we’d have definitely been 10 points better off!
Time to bring him home! Future England regular.
He needs to come back home so we can set him lose with Smith Rowe and Saka.. I always believed in this kid.. More than I do in any manager since Wenger.. Keep up the good work Joe but in your Arsenal colours.
Easily Ceballos replacement.
Keep the lad and keep faith in him, he single-handedly rescued Newcastle from the lions den.
£40m and he is yours, @NUFC
You have to keep him and trust him to play. Build a team around him, Smith Rowe, Saka, Tierney, maybe Odegaard…
Loaning him out was bad enough, but selling him for £20-£25m would be absolute robbery!
He’s young, talented, scoring for fun and enthusiastic with a perfect injury record. Either play him for his ability or loan him out for one more year for £10mil… (I know probably a stupid amount), most importantly don’t sell stupidly low….£25mil is a joke!
Sold Iwobi for £27M. Sold Ox for £34M. Should sell Willock for at least £40M/ Surely Newcastle can pay that much for the player they will build their team around , plus he’s homegrown. We need to be ruthless while selling too.