Joe Willock’s Newcastle United stint has got off to the perfect start, with the Arsenal loanee netting just minutes into his Magpies debut.
The Gunners academy graduate joined Newcastle on loan for the rest of the season on deadline day, having failed to break into Mikel Arteta's starting XI.
Willock makes the move to Tyneside hoping to convince the Arsenal manager he is ready for an extended run in the Premier League next term.
On the decision to allow him to move to their top-flight rivals, Arteta said: “Now we have less competitions and I thought he was going to have less time and I thought maybe the best thing was to give him another 14, 15, 16 games in the Premier League to have 30 to 32 games in one season.
“For his age and what he’s done in the last few years, that will be a really positive thing.
“He can completely agreed. We found the right club, the right manager and coaching staff to do that.
“Hopefully it’s going to be a really successful period for him.”
And the move is already showing promising signs with the 21-year-old netting 15 minutes into his first game for the club.
Willock’s Toon goal came just minutes after his parent club had slumped to a second straight Premier League defeat, losing 1-0 to Aston Villa.
Willian came off the bench at Villa Park, but failed to make any impact as his struggles for Arsenal continue.
And with Willock flourishing away from north London, it has left some supporters questioning the wisdom of keeping Willian in the picture instead of him.
One said: “Really good game from Willock. Should've loaned Willian instead smh.”
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Another concluded: “We should’ve sent willian on loan instead of Willock,” while a third summarised: “Willian useless while Gabi watches from the stand, Willock on loan and scoring. great start to this Saturday.”
“Would rather have kept Willock and sent Willian away on loan,” a fourth said.
“We meant to loan out Willian but the last minute typo meant Willock had to go,” a fifth joked.
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