Joe Willock: I would like to captain Arsenal one day!

Written by Josh Andrews

April 5, 2020

Joe Willock, born in August 1999, is a product of the Arsenal youth academy. He joined the academy at 4 years old, joining his older brothers Chris and Matty. 

In a recent interview with, he talked at length about what it was like growing up with his brothers. 

“We would always push each other to be the best and make each other better. When we’d play knock-outs, there wasn’t one of us who didn’t want to win. There’d be sliding going on and because I was youngest, I’d have to give that little bit extra because I was lacking in strength. They were always bigger than me, so I had to learn to compete, and that’s made me who I am today. That’s given me that fight, that drive, that desire”

Joe Willock – April 3. 2020

Willock has 23 total appearances for the Arsenal first team, scoring 7 goals. He signed a long-term contract in 2019 and Unai Emery spoke highly of Willock’s progress during his time with the club.

“Joe has progressed a lot in the last year. He is technically strong and has shown the confidence to take responsibility and play his game whatever the occasion or opposition”

Unai Emery – September 12. 2019

Since Mikel Arteta became Arsenal’s new Head Coach, Willock has had less playing time, only playing 90 minutes once in 2-1 win against Bournemouth in the FA Cup. Arteta sees Willock’s future in the No. 10 role, occupied primarily by Mesut Özil. Willock would like to fight for his place in the team, and one day become club captain.

“I want to continue to play for Arsenal, hopefully one day captain the side and then one day play for England. That would really make me happy as well and I know that my brothers would feel the same.”

Joe Willock – April 3. 2020

Can Joe Willock become Arsenal captain? If he can successfully become Arsenal’s main No. 10, the sky’s the limit!

Header photo: Chensiyuan (2018)



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