Five rising stars from Arsenal’s Youth Academy
3. Joe Willock – Central Mid/Attack Mid
The Willock brothers are something of a rare commodity in football, never have three brothers possessed such footballing talent with such attacking finesse. Joe (18) is the youngest of the three brothers, with recently departed Chris Willock (19) now at Benfica in Portugal, and older brother Matt (21) plying his trade at Man United and a regular with the U23. Joe recently toured with Arsenal to Australia and Asia and was allowed to flourish in the number 10 role in Alexis Sanchez’ absence, his disciplined performances has seen Steve Gatting play a more central holding role in midfield and allow the likes of Nelson and Marlens to operate wide. And England U18 int and a languid, fluid style has seen him compared to Ex Arsenal trialist and Man City legend Yaya Toure. Expect to see Willock in and amongst the first team for early domestic and European cup games.
Player style: He looks better than Yaya Toure did at the same age…just saying.