让我们今天早上开始有一些好消息，昨天曾宣布，乔威洛克已经与俱乐部签订了一份新的长期合同. He’s put pen to paper on a four year deal which ties him down until 2022-23, and it’s just reward for the strides he’s made in the last few months.
Watching the team in the US this summer it was evident that he was out to play himself into Emery’s thinking, and his performances throughout the summer did exactly that. I remember the game against Bayern in LA during which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was on fire, but watching Willock mix it with players of that quality – even in pre-season – ensured he stood out. So much so that he started our first three Premier League games too, a sign that the manager has plenty of faith in him and his ability to compete at this level. He says of the 20 year old:
He doesn’t sound like someone who is going to rest on his laurels just because he got a new contract. The Arsenal midfield is a really interesting place right now, because places are up for grabs and thus far it looks as if Emery will reward performances with starts. It’s competitive too, with Matteo Guendouzi the same age as Willock, Lucas Torreira only 23, and Dani Ceballos out to have a cracking season on loan. Whatever you might think about him, Granit Xhaka isn’t the kind to give up his place easily either, so that cocktail of elements could very well produce something really good this season. Let’s hope so, and how great is it to see a young English midfielder come through the Academy and really stake a claim for a regular first team spot?
Earlier in the week Per Mertesacker spoke abouthis desire to create another English/British core在俱乐部,我们可以看到,正在形成。Willock is there, Reiss Nelson is there, Eddie Nketiah is doing as well as we could hope for at Leeds United during his loan spell, there are talents like Saka and John Jules bubbling under, and it’s fantastic to see. Anyway, congrats to Joe Willock, and I’m really looking forward to seeing more of him throughout this season.
同时，还有更多的好消息返回埃克托尔·贝列林和基兰·蒂尔尼的培训. As much as the front three tantalised us, I have to say I’m excited about the prospect of having two proper full backs back in the team on a regular basis. First, let’s remember that it might not happen for a little while yet. Both have had big injuries, and a return to training isn’t the same as being ready for the first team. Even when they are, there’s a need to be sensible and not overplay them, risking little niggles or recurrences of the previous issues.
但是，假设我们妥善管理自己的重新引入，在几个月内，他们应该被钉在英超联赛中首发，他们应该有对球队产生积极的影响。随着纳乔Monreal酒店走了，我们是在锡德·科拉西纳克谁是足够合理的依赖前进，但你不会说卫冕是他的强项 - 一名后卫有点可惜。在另一边，我喜欢安斯利·梅特兰·尼尔斯，我认为他囊括在过去的12-18个月的经验将证明是非常宝贵的。不过，我不认为他是个天生的后卫，并且不时缺乏防御本能的暴露。
所以,Bellerin侧面和蒂尔尼之一other, we’ll have two very good players in their natural positions. We’ve seen the growing importance of full backs in the modern game, both defensively but more and more from an attacking point of view, so the prospect of having two upgrades in key positions is exciting. It’s a little way down the line because of the need to manage their ongoing rehab, but it’s not too far away.