Watch Willock’s brilliant pre-season goal that somehow wasn’t given during Arsenal vs Chelsea

Toon target Joe Willock has been in action for Arsenal over the weekend – and can count himself VERY unlucky to not be on the scoresheet in their narrow defeat to Chelsea yesterday.

After missing out on three of their previous four pre-season friendlies this summer, the former NUFC loanee came on at The Emirates in their Sunday afternoon friendly against Chelsea.

He impressed in his 20-minute cameo, but will feel very hard done by after his 82nd minute strike smashed the underside of the crossbar and clearly crossed the line – only for officials (and the lack of VAR) to wave away appeals.

Here’s the ‘goal’ itself, with replays showing after that it clearly should’ve stood:

Chelsea went on to win the game 2-1 as a result, with Kai Havertz and Tammy Abraham scoring either side of Granit Xhaka’s equaliser.

One potential bit of bad news in Bruce’s hunt to re-sign Willock is that fellow midfielder Thomas Partey limped off in the first half with an injury that could now keep him out for ‘4-6 weeks’.

Could this impact Mikel Arteta’s decision regarding a summer sale or second loan deal? Let’s hope not.

Here’s what Willock’s pre-season minutes have looked like so far since he returned from Newcastle:

  • July 13th – Hibernian 2-1 Arsenal – Not involved
  • July 17th – Rangers 2-2 Arsenal – Played 28 minutes from the bench
  • July 24th – Arsenal 4-1 Millwall – Not involved
  • July 28th – Arsenal 4-1 Watford – Not involved
  • August 1st – Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea – Played 20 minutes from the bench

About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

One thought on “Watch Willock’s brilliant pre-season goal that somehow wasn’t given during Arsenal vs Chelsea

  1. I’m an Arseanal fan and I sort-of hope Willock goes to the Toon. He’s a great player who deserves regular first team football. Just hope he doesn’t score against us!

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