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Alla Zakarian

09-05-2021 | 19:23 Football

Jermaine Jenas pinpoints the Arsenal transfer decision that sums up Mikel Arteta's problems

Jermaine Jenas insists the decision to let Joe Willock leave to join Newcastle United on loan shows Arsenal's problems this season. The Gunners midfielder has impressed on loan at Newcastle, scoring four goals in his last four games. Willock has now scored five goals for Newcastle since joining the Magpies on loan in January, which is more than any Arsenal player has managed to score since he left the club. "There seems to be some very weird situations, the desperation to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on this long contract and then what has happened to him this year, I know he has had malaria, but that is not the first time he has taken his captain off, or not played him," he said, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live. "But I don't know what Arsenal are going to be next year, I really don't." Willock's future is likely to be the subject of much speculation this summer, with Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce admitting that he would like to sign the Arsenal midfielder. "Willian has offered nothing all year, it stinks of what it probably stank of when he first joined, which is getting a couple of years on top money," Jenas said. "Yet you have a hungry player here, who is Arsenal through and through who is keen to impress. It seemed a strange one at the time, and I have always rated Joe Willock. "He obviously looked at him in the Europa League games and felt he wasn't going to add anything, because Arsenal are not one of those teams to say go and get experience, they are not in that place. "Top, top teams can do that, but Arsenal are not in that place, but there have been a lot of strange decisions and that is why they are where they are. Yes, it would have been great for them to get into the Champions League via the Europa League, but the reality is they would have been obliterated and probably wouldn't get out of the group stage, based on how poor they have been. "The only benefit of the Champions League would have been to attract better players, because there are a lot of problems there."
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