Joe Willock receives harsh advice from former Arsenal striker

Joe Willock
BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05: Joe Willock of Arsenal celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the FA Cup Third Round match between Blackpool and Arsenal at Bloomfield Road on January 5, 2019 in Blackpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Robinson/Getty Images)

Former Arsenal striker John Hartson believes Joe Willock is not ready to make the step up at Arsenal despite scoring twice in Arsenals FA Cup victory over Blackpool on Saturday.

Coach Unai Emery rolled out Arsenal Academy players against Blackpool and Willock was one of them. Fortunately for him he got on the scoresheet twice.

BT Sport pundit and former Arsenal striker Hartson praised the 19-year-old’s display, but does not believe he is ready to be in contention for regular first-team action yet.

He said via Football London:

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“First of all as a young player when you go in you want to make an impact. You want to give the manager something to be concerned about.

“Are you ready to step up? I don’t quite think so on a regular basis but he has done everything right today.”

Nigerian striker Alex Iwobi scored the third goal to make it 3-0 for Arsenal.