Chris Willock is a fundamental part of the Arsenal U23 team. His brother Joe is becoming increasingly influential for Arsenal U18s. Yet, as things stand, it isn’t guaranteed that either player will still be at the club next season with the siblings both out of contract this summer.
A player about whom there has been a considerable amount of hype for some time, Chris has yet to commit to a new professional deal, having last signed a contract with the club in early 2015.
The winger, 19, has been on the periphery of the first-team squad this season and made two substitute appearances in the EFL Cup, but feels that he deserves more opportunities than he has been afforded.
Joe, meanwhile, is yet to sign the professional contract that he was offered along with his scholarship deal in 2015. Having shown glimpses of his potential last season, the 17-year-old, who can play as a winger or an attacking midfielder, has really stepped up this campaign and is starting to perform with greater consistency.
Arsenal have already lost one Willock brother in the past, with Matty Willock now playing for Manchester United, and they are now running the risk of seeing two other extremely talented prospects slip from their grasp.
A very skilful player, Chris provided a reminder, if one was needed, of the quality that he possesses when he scored with a sweet strike for England U19s against Spain today.
Arsenal must do all that they can to attempt to persuade both Chris and Joe to stay at the club, with the two players both possessing vast amounts of potential.
On the subject of youth team departures, it seems that there will be several players leaving the academy this summer. Nathan Tella, who wasn’t offered a professional contract by the club, has already sealed a switch to Southampton, while Kristopher Da Graca is on trial at Genoa and others, such as Glen Kamara, Savvas Mourgos and Aaron Eyoma could also depart.