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Arsenal boss Wenger pleased with 'promising' Willock display

Arsenal boss Wenger pleased with 'promising' Willock display”

The 18-year-old will be making his Premier League debut at St James' Park and Wenger revealed that the midfielder had been impressing in training ahead of the clash.

Although Willock ruined a potential sitter for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Wenger believes the experience was positive for the Hale End graduate.

On his selection, Wenger said: "He does well in training but the real step is in the competition".

Arsenal head to St James' Park today to face Newcastle, who look nearly certain to survive in the Premier League thanks to Rafa Benitez's incredible ability to grind out results.

The Gunners are now sixth in the Premier League, 13 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and only two clear of seventh-placed Burnley, though they do have a game in hand on the Clarets.

Henry said: 'He is a good player, good technical ability, he can run. He is the flawless example of when you don't give up and push yourself, you can achieve great things. "There's a difference between the performance and the result because I felt we played very well in the first half especially and should have put the game to bed".

Willock, born in 1999, joins Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah, all of whom are on the bench against the Magpies, in being the only Gunners players to have played for the club and been born after Wenger's first game in charge.

He is the youngest of two footballing brothers with, Chris, who is at Benfica and Matty, who is now on loan at St Johnstone from Manchester United.



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