• Bruce: club will ‘test Arsenal’s resolve’ to keep midfielder
  • Mikel Arteta expects Willock to remain an Arsenal player

Steve Bruce will test Arsenal’s apparent resolve to retain Joe Willock in the wake of the 21-year-old loanee’s stunning impact at St James’ Park. Willock has scored six goals in his past six games from midfield and Newcastle United’s manager would ideally like to rebuild his team around him.

“Joe’s done too well,” joked Bruce as he reiterated his own determination to remain in charge, while acknowledging that discussions regarding his future would take place in the coming weeks. “It’s a double-edged sword because of him probably doing too well but let’s see what happens. We’ll see over the summer if we can test their resolve.”

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