Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Arsene Wenger explains why Joe Willock makes Premier League debut against Newcastle

Arsene Wenger explains why Joe Willock makes Premier League debut against Newcastle

It was always going to be a hard in tonight's post game interview after Arsenal lost to Newcastle, and Arsene Wenger was probably clutching at straws when he was forced to go in front of the media after the game, and he tried to explain that the Europa League match on Thursday could have affected the result because of the fatigue from the journey.

The 18-year-old will be making his Premier League debut at St James' Park and Wenger revealed that the midfielder had been impressing in training ahead of the clash.

Willock, an England Under-19 global, will make his Premier League debut at St James' Park in their midfield alongside Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka, and Alex Iwobi. Arsène Wenger is therefore rotating his squad quite heavily, saving his most important players for the European ties.

"You see the talent and you also see the lack of experience in some situations of the game, but overall I believe it was promising".

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'Yes, I think they can play together, ' he said following Arsenal's defeat of Stoke earlier this month.

Willock is a hot prospect, you only need to look at Arsenal fans' reaction to his selection to see how excited they are to see him play first team football.

Willock, whose elder brother, Chris, walked out on Arsenal to join Benfica last summer, will be just the fourth player who was born after Wenger's first match in charge to make a Premier League appearance for Arsenal (Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson & Eddie Nketiah are the others).

'And when [Robert] Lewandowski was at Dortmund he was on the left'.

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