Willock was man of the match in last week’s win over Dundalk and shone again in Thursday night’s win over Norwegian side Molde, having a significant role in forcing two own goals before adding his name to the scoresheet in the 4-1 rout late on.
As one of the elder statesman in the Gunners dressing room, Luiz has been hailed for his work with Mikel Arteta’s youngsters and spoke highly of the 21-year-old at full-time.
“He has to do better! He missed when I assisted him!” Luiz joked on BT Sport, in reference to a missed chance in the second half. “No, Joe is a fantastic kid, a fantastic boy. I’m always behind him to help.
“He could do better – and I’m not joking with this – because he has the talent to reach the top level and he understands that every single day. For me, he is a pleasure to play with, especially because he is humble. When you are humble you learn things, you can be better and improve. He is humble and for sure he has a great present and a great future.”
Willock is still yet to play a minute of Premier League football this season and was left out of the squad for Sunday’s win at Old Trafford, despite his display against Dundalk three days earlier.
“I’m just taking it game by game,” Willock said. “It’s part of my journey and I’m just a kid. I have to keep learning. I’m trying to work hard and when I get a chance in the Premier League, hopefully I can do the same thing.”
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