Joe Willock might need to leave Arsenal to help further his career.
That is the view of former Manchester United and England midfielder Owen Hargreaves, who has pointed out that he might not be able to get the starts he wants if he remains at the Emirates beyond January.
The 21-year-old made 44 appearances in all competitions last season but 24 of those came from the bench, and he was only able to complete 90 minutes on five different occasions.
Following his goal in the 3-0 win over Dundalk in the Europa League, Willock has now been offered advice.
“He’s got great instincts,” Hargreaves said on BT Sport on Thursday.
“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.”
Gunners hero Martin Keown then added: “When I watched him last season, certainly late in the season, he was coming on late in games and he wasn’t really sure of where to be on the pitch.
"Arteta, I know is a great tactician, but I want to see more given to him, I want to work with Willock and see what we can really get with him.
"He needs to know when to release the ball, when to run with the ball and make the right decisions. That was an improvement today, but when Arsenal are out of possession, where is he going to be?
"He needs to learn that. He’s used to playing with a three when Arsenal play with a deep-lying midfielder, it’s going to be a two now - it’s up for grabs.
"[Thomas] Partey’s going to play in that team, who’s going to play with him?
"Mohamed Elneny’s come back off loan, he’s done well, but Willock will feel he should be playing there.”