Joe Willock will have to leave Arsenal if he wants regular first-team football, Owen Hargreaves says.

Thursday’s match was Willock’s third start for Mikel Arteta’s side this season, having previously been included in the XI in Carabao Cup wins over Leicester and Liverpool.

The 21-year-old is yet to feature in the Premier League this term, however, and while Hargreaves has been impressed by his performances, he believes Willock needs to find another club if he is to get the chance he deserves.

“I think he’s a really good player. I think he’s going to get a chance to play,” the former Bayern Munich and Manchester United midfielder said on BT Sport. “He showed on Thursday if he gets a chance he can play, he’s a good player. He can do so much.

“That’s what he gives you, he gets in the box at the right place at the right time.

“I thought I saw a bit more of that athleticism, rather than just coasting in there. I think his overall game is very good.

“He’s got great instincts. He has a good feel for the game. He’s very brave, he could be really good just depending on who is his partner – who is he with. I think there is a really good player in there. It is just about getting that right fit.

“At his age, he needs to play games. I think right now, at Arsenal, he is not going to get a ton of games.”

Willock has made 66 appearances and scored nine goals for Arsenal in all competitions since his debut in 2017.

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