Joe Willock

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Joe Willock
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Willock playing for Arsenal in 2018
Personal information
Full name Joseph George Willock[1]
Date of birth (1999-08-20) 20 August 1999 (age 21)[2]
Place of birth Waltham Forest, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.86 m)[3]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Arsenal
Youth career
2004–2017 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017– Arsenal 40 (1)
2021Newcastle United (loan) 14 (8)
National team
2014 England U16 2 (1)
2017–2018 England U19 6 (0)
2018–2019 England U20 7 (4)
2019–2020 England U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:08, 23 May 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:22, 20 November 2019 (UTC)

Joseph George Willock (born 20 August 1999) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Arsenal.

Career[edit]

A youth product of Arsenal, Willock joined Arsenal at age four-and-a-half, having been allowed to play alongside his older brothers.[4] He made his first-team debut for the club on 20 September 2017 in the EFL Cup against Doncaster Rovers.[5]

Arsenal[edit]

Willock made his Premier League debut against Newcastle United on 15 April 2018.[6] He scored his first senior goal on 29 November 2018 in a 3–0 UEFA Europa League victory away at Vorskla Poltava.[7] He then scored his first brace in a 3–0 FA Cup victory away at Blackpool on 5 January 2019.[8]

On 12 September 2019, it was announced that Willock had signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal.[9][10] On 19 September 2019, he played as Arsenal won 3–0 against Eintracht Frankfurt by scoring deflected effort to open the scoring in the opening matchday of the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League.[11] Willock scored his first goal at the Emirates Stadium on 24 September 2019 after tapping-in Arsenal's third goal in a 5–0 EFL Cup win over Nottingham Forest, set-up by Héctor Bellerín.[12] On 25 June 2020, he scored his first Premier League goal in a 2-0 win over Southampton.[13]

Newcastle United (loan)[edit]

On 1 February 2021, Willock joined Newcastle United on loan for the remainder of the 2020–21 season.[14] Willock scored in the 16th minute on his debut for Newcastle against Southampton on 6 February.[15] After scoring in three consecutive substitute appearances against Tottenham, West Ham and Liverpool,[16] Willock was rewarded with a start against Leicester City, where he was once again on target, scoring the opening goal in a 4–2 win for Newcastle.[17] On 14 May, Willock scored in a 4–3 defeat for Newcastle against Manchester City.[18] On 19 May, he scored in his sixth consecutive league game, becoming the youngest player in Premier League history to do so at the age of 21 years and 272 days, a record previously held by Romelu Lukaku.[19] Four days later, on the final day of the Premier League season, he scored again to equal the Newcastle United record of consecutive games scored in, with club legend Alan Shearer. [20]

International career[edit]

Willock scored for the England under-16 team against Scotland in the 2014 Victory Shield.[21] He also represented the England under-19 team but was one of a number of players withdrawn from selection for the 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship by their club.[22]

Willock represented the England under-20 team in the 2018–19 Under 20 Elite League and scored the winning goals in games against Italy[23] and Germany.[24] Willock was a member of an England Under-20 side at the 2019 Toulon Tournament and scored in group stage defeats against Portugal[25] and Chile.[26]

On 30 August 2019, Willock was included in the England under-21 squad for the first time[27] but had to withdraw due to injury.[28] He eventually made his U21 debut on 11 October 2019 during a 2–2 with Slovenia in Maribor.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Willock was born in Waltham Forest, Greater London.[30] His brothers, Chris and Matty, are also footballers. All three brothers shared a pitch when Manchester United played a reserve game against Arsenal in May 2017.[31] He is of Montserratian descent.[32]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 23 May 2021
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal 2017–18[33] Premier League 2 0 1 0 3 0 5[a] 0 0 0 11 0
2018–19[34] Premier League 2 0 1 2 0 0 3[a] 1 6 3
2019–20[35] Premier League 29 1 5 0 2 2 8[a] 2 44 5
2020–21[36] Premier League 7 0 1 0 3 0 5[a] 3 1[b] 0 17 3
Total 40 1 8 2 8 2 21 6 1 0 78 11
Newcastle United (loan) 2020–21[36] Premier League 14 8 14 8
Career total 54 9 8 2 8 2 21 6 1 0 92 19
  1. ^ a b c d Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield

Honours[edit]

Arsenal

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Joseph Willock". ESPN. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Joe Willock: Profile". worldfootball.net. HEIM:SPIEL. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tf-RodsPhyk. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Arsenal vs. Doncaster Rovers". Soccerway. Perform Group.
  6. ^ Richards, Alex (15 April 2018). "Wenger springs major surprise handing teen his Premier League debut at Newcastle". Daily Mirror.
  7. ^ Mann, Mantej (29 November 2018). "Vorskla Poltava 0–3 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  8. ^ Magowan, Alistair (5 January 2019). "Blackpool 0–3 Arsenal in FA Cup third round: Joe Willock with double for Gunners". BBC Sport.
  9. ^ "Joe Willock signs new contract". Arsenal F.C.
  10. ^ "Joe Willock signs long-term Arsenal contract". BBC Sport. 12 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Eintracht Frankfurt 0–3 Arsenal: Gunners begin Europa League with win in Germany". BBC Sport. 19 September 2019. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  12. ^ https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/arsenal-vs-nottingham-forest-result-carabao-cup-2019-martinelli-tierney-bellerin-a4245611.html
  13. ^ "Southampton vs. Arsenal - Football Match Report - June 25, 2020 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  14. ^ "Willock joins United on loan for rest of the season". Newcastle United F.C. 1 February 2021. Retrieved 4 April 2021.
  15. ^ Sutcliffe, Steve (6 February 2021). "Newcastle United 3-2 Southampton: Miguel Almiron inspires hosts to valuable win". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 April 2021.
  16. ^ "Liverpool 1-1 Newcastle United". BBC Sport. 24 April 2021. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  17. ^ "Leicester 2-4 Newcastle United". BBC Sport. 7 May 2021. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  18. ^ "Newcastle 3-4 Man City". BBC Sport. 14 May 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  19. ^ @OptaJoe (19 May 2021). "21y 272d - Joe Willock has now scored in six consecutive Premier League appearances, becoming the youngest player in the competition's history to do so at the age of 21 years and 272 days. He then went on to match a record set by alan shearer by scoring in 7 games in a row in a 0-2 win against Fulham at craven cottage on the 23/5/21 Unleashed" (Tweet). Retrieved 19 May 2021 – via Twitter.
  20. ^ "https://twitter.com/optajoe/status/1396487697255047170". Twitter. Retrieved 24 May 2021. External link in |title= (help)
  21. ^ Bradbury, Jamie (20 November 2014). "England U16s see off Scotland in Victory Shield encounter". Football Association. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  22. ^ "European Championships: England begin defence of U19 title without star names". BBC Sport. 16 July 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  23. ^ Liles, Emily (11 October 2018). "Edward Nketiah and Joe Willock with the goals as England U20s edge Italy". Football Association. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  24. ^ "Two quickfire goals in the second half enough to sink Germany in Colchester". Football Association. 19 November 2019. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  25. ^ Veevers, Nicholas (4 June 2019). "Young Lions slip to second defeat in Provence as Toulon title defence comes to an end". Football Association. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  26. ^ Veevers, Nicholas (7 June 2019). "Young Lions suffer a third defeat in Toulon after two late goals turn game around". Football Association. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  27. ^ Veevers, Nicholas (30 August 2019). "England U21s kick-off a new campaign and Aidy Boothroyd has picked his squad". Football Association. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  28. ^ Veevers, Nicholas (3 September 2019). "England U21s welcome two new faces to the squad as pair withdraw through injury". Football Association. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  29. ^ "GOALS FROM EDDIE NKETIAH AND SAM SURRIDGE CANCELLED OUT AS YOUNG LIONS TIE IN MARIBOR". The FA. 11 October 2019. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  30. ^ "Joe Willock". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  31. ^ Kelly, Ciaran (16 October 2017). "What Man Utd player Paul Pogba said to loan star when he took squad number". Manchestereveningnews.co.uk.
  32. ^ "Cookies op AD.nl". Algemeen Dagblad.
  33. ^ "Games played by Joe Willock in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  34. ^ "Games played by Joe Willock in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  35. ^ "Games played by Joe Willock in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  36. ^ a b "Games played by Joe Willock in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  37. ^ McNulty, Phil (1 August 2020). "Arsenal 2–1 Chelsea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  38. ^ Rostance, Tom (6 August 2017). "Arsenal 1–1 Chelsea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  39. ^ Sanders, Emma (29 August 2020). "Arsenal 1–1 Liverpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  40. ^ Bevan, Chris (29 May 2019). "Chelsea 4–1 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  41. ^ "Willock wins May's EA SPORTS Player of the Month Award". Premier League. 29 May 2021. Retrieved 29 May 2021.

External links[edit]

  • Profile at the Arsenal F.C. website
  • Profile at the Football Association website