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Newcastle sign Joe Willock on loan from Arsenal

Joe Willock has signed for Newcastle on loan from Arsenal.

The 21-year-old will spend the rest of the season with the Magpies, joining the likes of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Shkodran Mustafi in heading out the door on transfer deadline day.

Arsenal and Newcastle began talks over a short switch for the England Under-21 international on the final day of the January transfer window.

The midfielder was anxious to make a move in search of regular playing time in the Premier League, having seen his chances at Arsenal diminish over the last few weeks.

Willock, who joined the Gunners at the age of four, has made 17 appearances and scored three goals in all games for Mikel Arteta’s team this season.

He has been restricted to two quick substitute appearances in the Premier League in 2021.

“I’m happy to bring Joe to Newcastle until the end of the season. He is a very exciting and talented young player who can get up and down the pitch and can score a goal from midfield,” coach Steve Bruce told the club’s website.

“He has made a very decent influence at Arsenal after coming through the ranks and to make nearly 80 appearances for the club by the age of 21 says much about his development, ability and quality.

“He is very eager to come here and test himself and he’ll be a great addition to the team.”

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