'Willock has stepped up at big moments for them'

Joe Willock

It is something of a relief that Joe Willock can't line up against us on Sunday when we face Newcastle United.

Our young midfielder has scored four goals in 10 games since joining the Magpies in January, but is ruled out of Sunday's game due to the terms of his loan agreement.

"It was a difficult decision to let him go because we really like the player," Mikel Arteta said.

"He needed more game-time and needed this type of experience. He has stepped in at big moments for them and scored some crucial goals so that is really good news because it is great for his development.

"From the position [Newcastle are] in, they’re going to come at us," Arteta added. "They’re a really organised team, they’ve been playing much better recently so it will be tough.

"The amount of games that we are playing, every team has the capacity to make it difficult for you."

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