After starting in all Premier League games so far, Joe Willock has revealed the influence of Arsenal assistant manager Freddie Ljungberg in his rise to a major role in Unai Emery's first-team squad.
Willock has played a key role in Arsenal's 100% start to the season following wins over Newcastle United and Burnley and earned praise from Unai Emery after a win over the latter. The 20-year-old enjoyed an impressive season under Ljungberg's tutelage with the Arsenal Under-23 side, scoring 12 goals in 20 games for the youth team and seniors.
Willock heaped praise on Ljungberg and credited him for breaking into the first team, "Freddie is not only such a legend at the club, he's an unbelievable manager and coach. He's a mentor for me, he showed me a lot behind the scenes that people don't really know about.
"Every day I'm working with him and I'm learning from him. He has improved me a lot and I'm just trying to get better every day. Yes. It's nice for him to follow me up to the first-team as well, it makes me feel more comfortable because obviously I worked with him last year. It's a familiar face for me, it's brilliant.
"To be honest, he's improved my whole overall game. If I'm being specific, getting in the pockets when I'm playing No.10 and attacking at No.8. He showed me a lot of different tactics to get space and turn to attack other teams. Those are the main things really."
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