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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta all however confirms Joe Willock’s £22m Newcastle switch as he explains Spurs pleasant snub

NEWCASTLE are closing in on a £22million deal for Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock.

The England Below-21 worldwide midfielder was lacking from the Gunners’ remaining pre-season recreation in opposition to Spurs on Sunday regardless of coaching with the squad on Saturday.

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Willock seems to be set to return to Newcastle, the place he spent the second half of final season on loanCredit: GETTY IMAGES

And supervisor Mikel Arteta refused to clarify his absence, stating: “We’ll inform you the the reason why Joe wasn’t within the squad once we can. After we can say extra, I’ll let you realize.”

Willock, 21, had a profitable five-month mortgage spell at Newcastle final season and supervisor Steve Bruce is determined to safe a everlasting switch.

And he’s cautiously assured of sealing a deal earlier than Sunday’s Premier League opener in opposition to West Ham as Arsenal look to herald some money.

Arteta was simply as coy on his persevering with pursuit of a brand new goalkeeper and mentioned: “Once more, I don’t know what is going to occur.

“We’re coaching  with the gamers we have now. We now have come to this point however there’s a window that’s nonetheless open.”

Not less than Arteta was capable of welcome Bukayo Saka again for his first recreation since lacking the decisive penalty in final month’s European Championship remaining defeat by Italy.

The 19-year-old winger was applauded onto the sector by the Spurs followers when he got here on as a second-half sub.

There was even a big banner on the gamers’ tunnel declaring: “North London stands with Bukayo Saka and all gamers in opposition to racism and discrimination.”

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Son Heung-min scored the one objective of the sport, filling to boots of coaching insurgent Harry Kane.

Arsenal ended pre-season with no win with lower than per week to go till their Premier League opener in opposition to Brentford on August 13.

Arteta’s males did not beat Scottish duo Hibernian and Rangers, in addition to shedding to London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham.

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