Gatting - Willock has made big strides

By Lloyd Webb

Steve Gatting has hailed Chris Willock’s recent progress and says the teenager has benefitted from training with the first team.

The winger scored the equaliser in Arsenal Under-21s’ 1-1 draw with West Brom on Monday night, two days after being named on the bench in the Gunners’ FA Cup third-round win against Sunderland.

Gatting is pleased with Willock’s development and believes there is more to come from the youngster.

"If you are good enough you can trust them - Arsene has done that for the last 15 years."

Steve Gatting

“Chris is good and getting stronger physically,” he told Arsenal Player. “We all know he has got good feet and has been training with the first team for the last four or five weeks all over Christmas. I think it has served him tremendously.

“He is obviously very proud as is Alex Iwobi after he made his home debut in a major competition. Obviously for the boys that shows there is a pathway if they give it their best shot.

"There is plenty of information given to them, good facilities and [it shows] you will play in the first team if you are good enough and that goes for all the players in the team.

“I think it speaks volumes for the club. We have a manager at the club who believes in the players. If you are good enough you can trust them - Arsene has done that for the last 15 years.

"I don’t want to single anyone out but as a team we were good [against West Brom].

"When we had to defend, we defended as a team. When we had the ball we did our best to score against a team that defended with 10 men behind the ball.”


Chris Willock scores against Dinamo Zagreb


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