Joe Willock admits he is trying to learn from the disappointment of being frozen out of Premier League action so far this season, after a superb display in the Europa League as Arsenal beat Molde 4-1.
The 21-year-old was in fine form as the Gunners came from behind to beat the Norwegian side at the Emirates, scoring the last of Arsenal’s four goals after two own goals and Nicolas Pepe gave them a 3-1 lead.
The midfielder has appeared in all three of the club’s Europa League games this season, but is yet to make a Premier League appearance and was not even on the bench against Manchester United at the weekend.
This comes after he made 29 league appearances last season, so progress appears to have stalled, but he insists he trusts the manager to give him his chance when he deserves it, even though it is disappointing to miss out.
‘To be honest I’m just taking it game by game, it’s part of my journey. I’m a young kid and I’m trying to play well every time I get a chance,’ Willock told BT Sport.
‘I need to learn from the disappointment of not being in the squad [against Man Utd] and getting myself back up to play again tonight.
‘I leave it to myself. I’m trying to just work hard and perform like I did today.
‘When I get a chance in the Premier League, hopefully I can do the same.’
Arteta insisted that Willock’s time will come in the Premier League as long as he keeps up the fine form he is showing in Europe.
‘He could have scored more, he was all the time in goal-scoring situations, created a few goals as well,’ said the Spaniard. ‘I think he had a really good performance.
‘Keep doing what he’s doing consistently and his chance will arrive.’
Willock will hope that it comes this Sunday at home to Aston Villa
in the Premier League, but he may have to settle for more Europa League outings in the coming weeks.
Arsenal have won their first three matches in their group, so the pressure is largely off ahead of return legs against Molde, Rapid Vienna and Dundalk.