Chris Willock thanks Arsenal after Benfica move is complete

Chris Willock was officially unveiled as a Benfica player earlier this week and has said his goodbyes after 14 years at Arsenal. Continue reading

U18’s: Arsenal (3) 2-2 (4) Manchester City – Willock and Malen’s goals not enough to seal final berth

U18's: Arsenal (3) 2-2 (4) Manchester City - Willock and Malen's goals not enough to seal final berth

Despite an entertaining affair at the Emirates, the hosts were knocked out of this year’s FA Youth Cup at the semi-final stage – on aggregate against Jason Wilcox’s side.

Goals from Chris Willock as well as substitute Donyell Malen were unfortunately not enough for the Young Guns to progress into this year’s FA Youth Cup final – losing 4-3 on aggregate after two quick-fire Manchester City first-half strikes. Having started encouragingly, Willock broke the deadlock after just five minutes following an excellent darting run forward, before curling a low effort past Daniel Grimshaw‘s dive into the bottom corner.

The 2-1 aggregate deficit was suddenly overturned, and Jason Wilcox‘s side found themselves chasing the game for large periods of the first-half, where a succession of sloppy passing in midfield saw the hosts enjoy promising moments in-and-around the final third.

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18-year-old winger Chris Willock destined for exciting future, says Wenger

18-year-old winger Chris Willock destined for exciting future, says Wenger

Arséne has not been shy in his praise for the talented teenager, who has been impressive at youth level this term and is poised to be included in the first-team matchday squad v Watford

Arsenal winger Chris Willock is destined for an exciting future, according to Arséne Wenger. The talented 18-year-old, who has been a regular in the under-18 and under-21 squads in recent months, has continued his development having signed a professional deal with the Gunners around this time last year.

Willock has been regularly training with the first-team and impressed, so much so, that he’s been included in matchday squads recently too. Along with the likes of Krystian Bielik, Julio Pleguezuelo and Ben Sheaf, he’s amongst a highly-rated crop of youngsters in his age-group, and has already featured for the England national side too at various youth levels.

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