Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock has a “huge future” and will be a “very, very important” part of the first team in years to come, according to Kevin Campbell.

The former Gunners striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the 21-year-old is of a rare breed of midfielders who run beyond the striker.

Willock was handed his first Premier League appearance and start of the 2020/21 campaign on Sunday as Mikel Arteta’s side drew 0-0 at Elland Road.

The England Under-21 international has impressed in the Europa League this season, his three appearances in the competition yielding two goals and two assists.

Campbell insists it is not easy for the attacking midfielder to come into an Arsenal side that is struggling in the Premier League.

“I am a big fan of Willock’s but the team is not playing well enough to make life easy for him,” he told Football Insider.

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“If a young player comes into a team that is playing well it makes life a lot easier. He did OK at best. You need him to be coming into a team that is performing and Arsenal are not at the races right now.

“I think Willock has a huge future in football.

“He is a rare gem. There are very few midfielders like him who run in behind and take a chance. He makes a centre-forward’s life easy.

“It will take a bit of time for him to get used to first team football but once he does, he will be a very, very important for Arsenal.”   

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