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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 20)[2]
Place of birth Waltham Forest, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.86 m)[3]
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Arsenal
Number 28
Youth career
2014–2017 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017– Arsenal 23 (0)
National team
2014 England U16 2 (1)
2017–2018 England U19 6 (0)
2018– England U20 7 (4)
2019– England U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:20, 20 February 2020 (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

A youth product of Arsenal, Willock joined Arsenal aged 4½ having been allowed to play alongside his older brothers.[4] He made his professional senior debut for the club on 20 September 2017 in the EFL Cup against Doncaster Rovers.[5]

He 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 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]

He scored his first goal at the Emirates Stadium after tapping in Arsenal`s third goal in a 5-0 League Cup demolition of Nottingham Forest, set up by Hector Bellerin[12]

International career

Willock scored for the England under-16 team against Scotland in the 2014 Victory Shield.[13] He also represented the England under-19 team but was one of a number of players withdrawn from selection for the 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship by their club.[14]

Willock represented the England under-20 team in the 2018–19 Under 20 Elite League and scored the winning goals in games against Italy[15] and Germany.[16] Willock was a member of an England Under-20 side at the 2019 Toulon Tournament and scored in group stage defeats against Portugal[17] and Chile.[18]

On 30 August 2019, Willock was included in the England under-21 squad for the first time[19] but had to withdraw due to injury.[20] He eventually made his U21 debut on 11 October 2019 during a 2–2 with Slovenia in Maribor.[21]

Through his Montserratian descent, he is eligible to represent Montserrat at senior level.

Personal life

Willock's 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.[22] He is of Montserratian descent.[23]

Career statistics

As of match played 2 March 2020
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal 2017–18[24] Premier League 2 0 1 0 3 0 5[a] 0 11 0
2018–19[24] Premier League 2 0 1 2 0 0 3[a] 1 6 3
2019–20[24] Premier League 19 0 3 0 2 2 8[a] 2 32 4
Total 23 0 5 2 5 2 16 3 49 7
Arsenal U23 2018–19[24] 2[b] 3 2 3
Career total 23 0 5 2 5 2 18 6 51 10
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearances in EFL Trophy

Honours

Arsenal

References

  1. ^ "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Joe Willock". 11v11.com. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Joe Willock". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tf-RodsPhyk. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Arsenal vs. Doncaster Rovers". Soccerway.
  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. 12 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Eintracht Frankfurt 0–3 Arsenal: Gunners begin Europa League with win in Germany". BBC. 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. ^ Bradbury, Jamie (20 November 2014). "England U16s see off Scotland in Victory Shield encounter". Football Association. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  14. ^ "European Championships: England begin defence of U19 title without star names". BBC Sport. 16 July 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  15. ^ Liles, Emily (11 October 2018). "Edward Nketiah and Joe Willock with the goals as England U20s edge Italy". Football Association. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  16. ^ "Two quickfire goals in the second half enough to sink Germany in Colchester". Football Association. 19 November 2019. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ "GOALS FROM EDDIE NKETIAH AND SAM SURRIDGE CANCELLED OUT AS YOUNG LIONS TIE IN MARIBOR". The FA. 11 October 2019. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  22. ^ Kelly, Ciaran (16 October 2017). "What Man Utd player Paul Pogba said to loan star when he took squad number". Manchestereveningnews.co.uk.
  23. ^ "Cookies op AD.nl". Algemeen Dagblad.
  24. ^ a b c d Joe Willock at Soccerway. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  25. ^ Rostance, Tom (6 August 2017). "Arsenal 1–1 Chelsea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  26. ^ Bevan, Chris (29 May 2019). "Chelsea 4–1 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 May 2019.

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