While the £20 million sale of a highly talented academy graduate has split Arsenal’s fanbase down the middle, Joe isn’t the only member of the Willock family who may have Gunners fans wishing they could turn back the clock.
In 2017, a teenage Chris Willock rejected a contract extension at Arsenal, feeling a move to Benfica would boost his first-team prospects.
While things may not have gone to plan in the Portuguese capital – or during a forgettable loan spell at West Bromwich Albion for that matter – Joe’s elder brother is making up for lost time, a return to London working wonders for a man Arsene Wenger once labelled a “very interesting” prospect.
Queens Park Rangers took a punt on Willock ten months ago, paying £750,000 for a man who had 14 senior games on his CV at the age of 22.
How much would Willock be worth now, less than a year into his Loftus Road career? £5 million? £10 million? More?
With just two weeks left of the transfer window, QPR supporters will hope it’s a question that won’t require an answer.
Arsenal could regret letting Chris Willock out of their clutches
With two goals and an assist in his past three matches, the elegant, supremely gifted Willock is becoming the creative kingpin of a QPR side sitting third in the Championship table, filling a void left by Ebere Eze’s heart-wrenching departure in August 2020.
And his drool-worthy solo effort during last night’s 3-2 win at Middlesbrough was a goal Newcastle’s new £20 million man would have been proud of. Willock C controlled a high ball with his right foot, shifted his balance and stroked a composed finish into the far corner.
The sale of Joe Willock has infuriated many in the Arsenal fanbase. But at least his departure added £20 million to the club’s coffers. That’s more than can be said for Chris.
Here’s what some QPR supporters on Twitter had to say about Chris Willock’s performance: