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Freddie Ljungberg has unleashed Joe Willock’s inner Aaron Ramsey to save Arsenal millions

When Freddie Ljungberg arrived at Arsenal there was no great excitement around Joe Willock. He was certainly considered a good prospect, one who was already deemed ready for first-team action by Arsene Wenger, but it would have been a generous assessment of him indeed to describe him as a building block for the future at the Emirates Stadium.

That is undoubtedly what Willock, who has just signed a new four-year deal in north London, is now and the guiding hand of Ljungberg has been all over the youngster’s rapid rise to Unai Emery’s squad.

Willock had featured twice in the Premier League in Wenger’s final season but there were doubts over his positioning and whether he had the physical skills to keep pace with more dynamic English midfields. In a youthful side that took on Manchester…