Mikel Arteta urged to ‘make use’ of Joe Willock as Arsenal youngster shines in Molde win

Joe Willock showed Mikel Arteta what he is missing by scoring and pulling the strings in Arsenal’s 4-1 victory over Molde on Thursday night.

Willock, 21, is yet to feature for the Gunners in the Premier League this season, with his only appearances coming in the Europa League and Carabao Cup.

But the England Under-21 ace has given Arteta a selection dilemma ahead of their clash with Wolves this weekend by producing an impressive display against Molde.

After Martin Ellingsen’s opener for the Norwegian outfit, Willock’s pressure resulted in Kristoffer Haugen turning the ball into his own net and levelling proceedings.

Sheriff Sinyan then deflected the Arsenal youngster’s cross into the back of his own net, before Nicolas Pepe added a third for Arteta’s side.

Arsenal youngster Joe Willock was on form in their 4-1 win over Molde on Thursday night
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And with two minutes remaining, Willock got on the scoresheet himself to cap a superb performance at the Emirates.

Gunners legend Martin Keown has urged Arteta to “make use” of the midfielder, saying on BT Sport: “He’s just getting better and better.

“He really is now at a stage where he wants it. And he’s making the difference in these performances every time we see him.

Willock, who is yet to make a Premier League appearance this season, scored and pulled the strings for the Gunners
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“He wants to give and go. He’s got great technique and drive and that’s something they need to grab hold of and make use of in the first team.”

After a fine display in north London, Willock said: “First half they started really sharp and played really well.

“We had to stick with it. I thought we stuck to the game plan, didn’t get frustrated and we came out on top.”

And Martin Keown has urged Mikel Arteta to pick him on a more consistent basis
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