Joe Willock has penned a new long-term contract with boyhood club Arsenal, the club have announced.
It is understood that the contract will keep Willock at the club until the end of the 2022-23 term following an impressive start to the season.
The 20-year-old talented midfielder has broken into the senior-team set-up this term, having impressed towards the back end of last campaign and in pre-season with his driving runs and energy from midfield.
His showings in the summer against Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, in particular, caught the eye and led to the star being included in the starting line-up for the first match of the new PL season – a 1-0 win against Newcastle.
He went onto start the next two games – a 2-1 win against Burnley and a 3-1 defeat versus title-challenging Liverpool – before dropping to the bench for the North London Derby draw with Tottenham Hotspur.
It is an invaluable experience for a youngster who got his first real taste of senior football last campaign, playing in three Europa League matches, twice in the PL and once in the FA Cup, starting four of those six matches.
Willock has been at the Gunners since the age of four and has now committed his long-term future to the Emirates Stadium outfit, with fresh terms offered to the talent as a reward for his mature performances.
His contract extension will come as a relief to the club, having seen exciting talents Yunus Musah and Xavier Amaechi depart for Valencia and Hamburg respectively, after refusing to sign fresh deals due to doubts over their path to the main team.