Owen Hargreaves has suggested Joe Willock should explore a loan switch away from Arsenal if he wants to make the most of his potential and get regular game time.
The 21-year-old has been in top form throughout Arsenal’s Europa League campaign, having scored two goals and created another, but is yet to make a Premier League appearance for the Gunners this season.
Speaking to BT Sport following the club’s victory over Molde on Thursday, in which Willock scored during the closing stages, former Manchester United star Hargreaves described the midfielder’s situation as ‘difficult’ because of the depth Arsenal have in the middle of the park.
“It’s a difficult one,” he said. “It’s so obvious that he’s performing and he’s doing great.
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“You don’t wanna sound ungrateful by knocking on the door because he is playing him, he’s playing him in a big game. It’s really only him and Nketiah.
“Every time I watch this kid play, he’s great. He gives them so much.
“His overall game, his athleticism driving from midfield, this young man can affect games.”
Hargreaves went on to suggest that a temporary move away from Arsenal may be the best option for all parties, citing Phillip Lahm and Toni Kroos as prime examples that loans can help develop world-class players.
“I think back to Phillip Lahm, Toni Kroos and David Alaba, they went on two-year loans from Bayern Munich,” he continued.
“They went on two-year loans and played their football at Hoffenheim, at Stuttgart, at Leverkusen to get those reps. Play European football for big teams in the Bundesliga and come back and walk in the Bayern Munich team.
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