Date: 31st July 2017 at 10:24am
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Youngster Joe Willock has spoken of his delight at getting his first senior appearance at the Emirates Stadium in this weekend’s tie against Sevilla.

The 17 year old was paired with Aaron Ramsey in the middle of the park for the two one defeat but Willock explained to the Official Site how much he enjoyed the experience and he offered his thanks to Ramsey for helping to talk him through the game.

‘He told me to always cover him and he told me what positions to go in when they had the ball in front of us. At half-time he just told me to carry on and be confident. He could see it was a difficult game for me. I feel like I`ve done well over the pre-season games. I feel that I`ve made a big step in my development.’

Willock went on to add.

‘I feel today I could`ve done a bit more attacking-wise but some games are like that so I just have to learn from it. It was a good experience. Next for me is to just carry on pushing on in the under-23s and hopefully get some games in maybe the cups. Or a Premier League debut would be good, hopefully!’

Manager Arsene Wenger was also speaking about the youngster and whilst he knew his performance was far from perfect, he was more than encouraged by the youngsters’ efforts and he knew he would learn and improve from the experience.

‘We have not seen the best of Joe Willock today because he had a heavy preparation physically and he paid a little bit for it. On top of that, we didn`t have a lot of the ball so he couldn`t show what he can do going forward, but he had a very promising preparation and it`s good for him to have a start at home in front of our fans. I`m sure he`ll have a great future.’

Wenger went on to add.

‘He needs to play regularly for the under-23s and gain a little bit more physical power. He`s only 17 and that`s very young, but he has a good football brain and analyses very well. I hope that he will come into the team very quickly to challenge the established players who are playing at the moment.’

One for a short loan spell next January or maybe a touch too early just yet?

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