If Mikel Arteta’s latest comments on Joe Willock’s ‘mystery’ absence are anything to go by, we may just be edging closer to a decision on the Arsenal midfielder’s future.
The 21-year-old was left out of their squad for today’s final pre-season friendly at Tottenham – a game they went on to lose 1-0.
He wasn’t injured and the reasons behind his absence weren’t explained prior to the game, however Mikel Arteta has since spoken to the press – and has given a pretty telling response when asked if it was anything to do with a potential return to St James’ Park.
Here’s what he had to say when quizzed after the game by a local reporter, stating “when I can say more I will let you know”…
Q: Any update on Joe Willock’s absence?
Arteta: “We’ll explain the reasons when we can.
𝗤: Are we presuming on Joe (missing from the squad), it’s to do with a transfer to Newcastle?
𝗔𝗿𝘁𝗲𝘁𝗮: “That’s all I can say now. When I can say more I will let you know”
Considering he isn’t injured, this feels like a pretty ominous update from Arteta – and one that could well bode well for Steve Bruce. Unless, of course, it’s because he’s heading somewhere else…
Fingers crossed, folks!