Joe Willock: 2019/2020 Performances

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by Vinci, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    1. He’s been at this club just over a year. This is Xhaka’s 4th season
    2. He’s 5 years younger and still learning English
    3. He’s shown during his best performances like the 4-2 NLD, an extremely high ceiling

    I don’t even think Torreira’s had more than 2 starts in a row since January yet during our best run of form under Emery he was playing every week.

    When he’s thrown on now it’s in some nonsensical free role.
  2. Rimaal

    Rimaal Questionable Taste

    That was gorgeous.

  3. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    Under utilised. Should be playing the Fabinho role in midfield until we get a ready made solution
  4. Tir Na Nog

    Tir Na Nog In Big Trouble If He Speaks

    Another player completely mismanaged by Emery, surprised his confidence isn't completely gone too. Emery has so many options to him yet persists with someone like Ceballos until injuries forced his hand and refuses to start Auba CF, Pepe RW an Özil at 10. It's like having a Ferrari and driving it like it's a Fiat.
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  5. Tourbillion

    Tourbillion Angry 24/7

    Huge talent. Needs to rotate with Guendouzi, because he is no worse than the French kid and offers things he doesn't have.
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  6. GunnerShy

    GunnerShy Well-Known Member

    Same age. Guendouzi has looked good at times but I think Willock is the better player. Should absolutely start with torreira
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  7. tap-in

    tap-in Nothing Wrong With Me

    This guy should be starting every game. He has a hell of an engine on him, perfect replacement for Ramsey as he scores as well. Him not playing regularly was the spark that turned me against Emery. He started the season well and was then dropped. I'm pretty sure whoever takes over from Emery will start Willock regularly.
  8. CJJ

    CJJ Well-Known Member

    Evident his role is at number 10, lovely engine and good skill. I think he was our best player today - in a game where so many failed to show up.

    Good to see him back with a good performance!
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  9. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    Was one of our better players - IMO he was our best today. It wasn't a perfect performance - there were moments when he got his head down a bit too much but in a team with so little structure and offensive movement, he doesn't have as many options as he should. I'd like to see him deeper on the pitch rather than the pseudo #10 role that Emery plays him in. He's not as creative as we need him to be in that role in terms of finding pockets of space and playing through balls a la Özil, but he has the dribbling and energy to do that deeper on the field, where his passing can be more effective aswell. I was impressed with his workrate.
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  10. Afro Mugo

    Afro Mugo Well-Known Member

    I really enjoyed his game today especially considering no Number 10 shines in an Emery system as everything goes via full backs . He demonstrated his close control and dribbling ability in patches and defended quite well. I can't wait until he fully grows into his body. Wenger had his faults and I questioned his decision to fast track Willock over DaSilva and Mcguane and slowly by slowly I can see what he saw in him and he's yet to fully showcase his passing ability.
  11. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    This is what annoys me so much about him playing such an advanced role. He’s one of few who’s first touch gets the ball out of his feet and has an excellent passing range.

    The fact that he’s only seen for his athleticism and used to run channels by Emery does my nut.
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  12. Maybe

    Maybe Well-Known Member

    He was careless on the ball many times, and when you have player like Auba close to him, it negatively impacts our ball progression. The 2 of them break our attacks better than the opposition defence.
    I would like to see his development in the way Yaya Toure played, bit deeper with the freedom to burst forward. Having Özil or ESR in front of him would take the creativity burden from him, something he seems to struggle with.
  13. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    Particularly when we're begging for someone to spray the ball around and create space by moving the ball..
    This football we're playing is some of the blandest hit and hope crap I have ever seen.
  14. BigPoppaPump

    BigPoppaPump Could Never Wifey An Opp Thot

    Much better than Torreira.
  15. Pepes blue pill

    Pepes blue pill Well-Known Member

    Like him but his attitude was disgraceful today
  16. TakeChillPill

    TakeChillPill Well-Known Member

    Looked tired after playing both on Thursday and today. But we need his energy and industry in the team. Also one of the few players who's technically good enough in controlling the ball in tight spaces.
  17. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    Ee really should put too much pressure on out youngsters willock playing 2 games in 3 days won't do him well
  18. yorch44

    yorch44 Well-Known Member

    Please just stop playing him as cam ... play him as CM alongside Torreira
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  19. darkgunner

    darkgunner Well-Known Member

    Had a good game earlier this week but was very poor today, needs to learn to be more consistent with his workrate.
  20. FinnGooner

    FinnGooner Well-Known Member

    I want our youngsters to succeed as obviously do other fans here which is why we keep seeing excuses for them. But the truth is, I don't see a top talent here. Maybe a decent squaddie in the future but the biggest faults in his game are related to anticipating the game play and reading spaces. These things don't usually improve drastically at this point. The only hope for him becoming a starter for Arsenal is to start molding his game to a more physical direction, sort of a battling defensive mid with a bit of offensive upside but I really don't see him developing the terrier like attitude.
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