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Arsene Wenger has tipped youngster Chris Willock to take the big step into the Gunners first team next season.
Wenger who is known for giving youngsters the chance to progress into the first team believes Chris Willock has what it takes to become the next big star at the club.
Speaking to the club’s official website Wenger says he has no problem helping the winger to follow the path the likes of Wilshere and Alex Iwobi have followed into the first team.
‘Chris is a very gifted player with natural strength and natural talent,” as quoted by the Metro.
‘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 believe that he has the needed character when he has his back to the wall to always respond in a very strong way. That’s a very important quality, to be able to play under pressure.
‘Overall, 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.
‘If I had to play him then I would have no fear in doing so.
Next season I think he will be a player who will get to feature in the team.’
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