Joe Willock insists he loves life at Newcastle and will not think for a moment about his future with Arsenal during his stint at St James’ Park.
The England Under-21 international impressed during Arsenal’s Europa League group stage campaign this season, but he struggled to make an impact in the Premier League on the rare occasions that he was chosen by Mikel Arteta.
Subsequently, Willock joined Newcastle until the end of the campaign and marked his debut with a goal in the 16th minute during last week’s win over Southampton.
The 21-year-old revealed that Steve Bruce has given him leave to fill attacking positions where he is capable of doing damage in the last third and is confident that he will continue to flourish, no matter how long he remains in Newcastle.
Willock told Sky Sports: “I’m here to help the team in any way they want. When I came in I wanted to help the team get that rhythm in midfield, travel from one area to another faster and get it to the forwards faster, get to the area, and score goals like I did, so I feel like I can add that to the team and I hope it continues.
He (Steve Bruce) said to me, “I know that’s your quality, I know that’s what you love to do, I give you the freedom to go, and don’t worry, there are players behind you that can back you up.”
“When I decided to come here I had a sense of peace, I didn’t even feel like it was going to be the wrong one (decision). When I came here, everyone was so welcoming.
“I’m trying to focus on what I have to do now, focus on Newcastle United. I’m not really looking at Arsenal at the moment.
“I’m here to prove to Newcastle United that I can play every week and affect the games and win games for them. I’m not really looking at Arsenal, when that time comes for me to decide to go back or not that will come but right now, I’m focused on Newcastle and I’m loving every minute that I’m here.”