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Arsenal fighting to keep starlet Chris Willock with Manchester City circling as contract expiry nears

As his contract nears the last few weeks, the young forward must choose between staying at Arsenal and moving to Pep Guardiola's side

Arsenal are fighting to keep starlet Chris Willock with Manchester City circling as his contract expiry nears.

As his contract nears the last few weeks, the young forward must choose between staying at Arsenal and moving to Pep Guardiola’s side.

Chris Willock is nearly out of contract and needs to choose to stay at Arsenal or move to City

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Chris Willock is nearly out of contract and needs to choose to stay at Arsenal or move to City

Willock has been with the Gunners since the tender age of five, and made his first team debut during last season’s EFL Cup campaign.

The Gunners are in talks with England youth star Willock over a new deal but have only until until the end of this month to complete talks, report the Standard.

If they don’t manage that, he can leave the Emirates as a free agent, putting City on alert as they look for young, hungry squad forward.

But Pep Guardiola’s side are not the only outfit after the Londoner, with tge likes of Everton, Celtic and Borussia Dortmund have also been linked.

Arsenal duo Chris Willock (left) and Joe Willock (right) stand with their older brother, Matthew Willock, who plays for Manchester United

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Arsenal duo Chris Willock (left) and Joe Willock (right) stand with their older brother, Matthew Willock, who plays for Manchester United

Boss Arsene Wenger has spoke highly of him in the past, saying: “Chris is a very gifted player with natural strength and natural talent.

Willock is an England youth international

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Willock is a highly-rated England youth international

Willock made his debut last season for Arsenal in the EFL cup

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Willock made his debut last season for Arsenal in the EFL cup

“He has what you do not find very easily. He can have a go at people, can get past people in one on ones.

“We forget sometimes that the basis of team sport is to first be strong one against one and Chris has that quality.

“I would be very comfortable to play him now but of course there is a lot of competition for places because there are players like Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck in front of him at the moment.”

Should Willock leave on a free transfer, Arsenal will likely receive compensation under Premier League youth rules.

His older brother Matty was with Arsenal until the age of 15, but was released and is now at Manchester United – while younger sibling Joe is also in the Arsenal youth ranks.