Joe Willock speaks out on his Arsenal future after matching Alan Shearer’s record

Newcastle United Training Session
Newcastle United want to sign Joe Willock permanently (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Joe Willock admits he’s unsure where he’ll be playing next season but says he feels ‘blessed’ to have represented Newcastle United.

The midfielder joined the Magpies from Arsenal in January, at a time when Steve Bruce’s side were lingering around the relegation zone.

But the England U21 international helped Newcastle to 12th-placed finish with a sensational run of form that saw him score in seven consecutive matches at the end of the campaign.

That saw Willock equal a record set by club legend Alan Shearer during his time at St James’ Park and Newcastle are desperetate to sign Willock on a permanent basis this summer.

Mikel Arteta has suggested that Arsenal want to keep Willock and the midfielder, who has already expressed a desire to stay in the north-east, admits he’s unsure where he’ll be playing his football next term.

Willock scored for the seventh game in a row (Picture: Getty)

On whether he’ll return to Newcastle next season: ‘We’ll see what the future holds. I’m blessed to have had the opportunity to play for this wonderful club and I’m happy it’s gone so well.’

On matching Shearer’s record, Willock said he’s ‘honoured’ to be spoken about in the same breath as a club legend.

‘To be in his company, I’m honoured,’ said Willock.

‘And that it’s happened for this wonderful club. He has often messaged me to congratulate me and I’m sure he’ll be happy for me.

‘When we were going through our tough period, we said we would stick together and we’ve done that really well.’

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