Arsenal fans excited by Joe Willock’s performance

Joe Willock made his first senior appearance of the season – and of the Unai Emery era – on Thursday night as Arsenal eased to a 3-0 victory over Vorskla Poltava in a Europa League clash in Kiev.

The 19-year-old academy graduate was a calm, hard-working presence in the middle of the park for the Gunners, and was rewarded for his endeavours in the 41st minute of the match. Upon collecting the ball in the opponents’ final third, the teenager drove at the retreating Vorskla defence before coolly stroking the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box to notch his first senior career goal.

With the likes of Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny ahead of him in the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium, Willock still has plenty to do to prove that his long-term future ought to be in north London. However, he did his chances of making it at Arsenal no harm on Thursday night.

Plenty of the Arsenal faithful were impressed by the England under-20 international, taking to Twitter to congratulate him on his fine display…

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