Joe Willock has told Arsenal hierarchy that he wants to return to Newcastle United for another spell, according to 90min.
Willock has struggled to make a strong impression at Arsenal, having played just 235 league minutes for the Gunners last season.
He was loaned to Newcastle in January.
At the Magpies, he burst into life, scoring eight goals in 14 appearances, including strikes against Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Leicester City.
His performances earned him the Premier League Player of the Month award in May.
Newcastle have been working hard to bring the Englishman back to St James’ Park this summer, whether on loan or permanently.
However, owner Mike Ashley is reportedly reluctant to make any significant signings, following the financial ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nonetheless, Willock remains keen to return to Tyneside, apparently telling Arsenal he wants a transfer to the north.
Manager Mikel Arteta may need to keep the 21-year-old at the club, especially after Martin Odegaard’s loan deal with Real Madrid expires.
The Spaniard has enough playmakers in his starting XI with Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, but may think he needs more depth in his squad to be competitive.
As for Newcastle, they hope to improve on last season by finishing in 12th place.
Willock was one of only two players on Steve Bruce’s side to score more than four league goals, alongside forward Callum Wilson.
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