Willock makes declaration on Arsenal future after flying start to Newcastle loan

Joe Willock claims he is "not really looking at Arsenal" and that he is "loving every minute" of his loan at Newcastle.

The midfielder joined the Magpies in January until the end of the season and kicked off his time at St James' Park in style, scoring the opening goal in the 3-2 win over Southampton last weekend.

His fine start with Newcastle comes after a frustrating first half of the season at Arsenal during which he started just two Premier League games.

But Willock insists he is not using his loan as a springboard for more opportunities with the Gunners, as he is solely dedicated to performing for Newcastle.

"I’m here to help the team in any which way they want me to," the England Under-21 international told Sky Sports .

"When I came in, I wanted to help the team have that bit of pace in midfield, travel from one box to the other quicker and get it to the front men quicker, and arrive in the box and score goals like I did, so I feel I can add that to the team and hopefully it continues.

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"He (Newcastle boss Steve Bruce) said to me, 'I know that’s your quality, I know that’s what you love to do, I give you the freedom to go, and don’t worry, there are players behind you that can back you up.'

"When I decided to come here I had a sense of peace, I didn’t ever feel like it was going to be the wrong one (decision). When I came here, everyone was so welcoming.

"I’m trying to focus on what I have to do now, focus on Newcastle United. I’m not really looking at Arsenal at the moment.

"I’m here to prove to Newcastle United that I can play every week and affect the games and win games for them.

"I’m not really looking at Arsenal, when that time comes for me to make a decision to go back or not that will come but right now, I’m focused on Newcastle and I’m loving every minute that I’m here."

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