Mikel Arteta hasn’t given much away when asked about Joe Willock this morning, saying he’s still an Arsenal player and in a ‘strong position’ over his future – but ‘doesn’t know’ if he’ll still be at The Emirates when the window shuts on August 31st.
This comes after it emerged on Sunday night that we’d agreed a fee rising to £25m for the midfielder. However, 72 hours have passed and he’s not yet signed, with it reported last night that personal terms were currently the sticking point.
Now, Arteta has revealed that he’s in a ‘strong position’ over his next move, believing he can choose with ‘more options’ what his future will look like.
Here’s what the Arsenal boss has had to say when speaking ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League opener at Brentford tomorrow night:
That said, the fact he’s not denied talk of him leaving – see his ‘don’t know’ response right at the end – following talk of our bid being accepted probably speaks volumes.
It seems it’s now all down to personal terms and whether we can strike a deal that suits both Willock and his representatives, with Sky Sports stating last night that everything is agreed as far as the two clubs are concerned.