Sometimes, you don’t realise what you had until it is gone.
The departure of Aaron Ramsey left a void at Arsenal that they struggled to fill.
The Welsh midfielder was a regular source of goals from the middle of the park and played a key role in some of Arsenal’s biggest successes during his time at the club.
When he left for Juventus last summer, the club struggled to find a replacement and his absence has been noticeable.
But new manager Mikel Arteta might have now find his answer to the Ramsey dilemma in the form of academy graduate Joe Willock.
Willock has been on the fringes of the first-team for a couple of years but has kicked-on in the Europa League this term with two goals and two assists in three games in the competition.
His performances have seen him likened to Ramsey by former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell, who highlighted the importance of his runs in behind and how that could help out-of-form Alexandre Lacazette.
"Joe Willock, I am telling you now, you can see that he’s starting to grow into that role when he comes into the team now,” Campbell told Highbury Squad.
“He’s a striker’s dream. Honestly, when he plays and with Lacazette, he would make Lacazette’s job 50 percent easier, because he runs beyond, a bit like how Ramsey used to.
“Willock’s got energy to burn, he runs behind. It’s very difficult to pick him up.
“I like this young player. He’s another one, you don’t ever see him moan, groan or anything. He gets on with it. He gets in the team and he’s always involved in goals.”
Whilst Campbell is a fan, it is Arteta that Willock must win over.
And Arteta has declared himself “really impressed” by Willock’s application as he looks to prove he can become Arsenal’s replacement for Ramsey.
Arteta said: "I mentioned with Joe that I've been really impressed with the way he's handled the situation of not having much game time in the Premier League.
"The reflection of that is the way he's played in the Europa League when he had the minutes or the Carabao Cup. He has a chance like everybody else."
With Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny both ruled out against Leeds United this weekend, Willock could get his top flight chance.
The key question is – can he take it?
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