Arsenal mocked after unwanted star scoops surprise Premier League award

Arsenal opened themselves up to mockery once again after congratulating loanee Joe Willock for claiming the Premier League player of the month award.

The Gunners have had a disastrous campaign, failing to qualify for European competition for the first time in 25 years.

There have been very few impressive performers in an Arsenal shirt in Mikel Arteta's first full season in charge.

But one player who has shone is Willock, who wasn't required when sent out on loan to Newcastle in January.

Willock was awarded the May player of the month award after a superb end to a brilliant loan spell at St. James' Park.

Willock's strike on the final day of the campaign against Fulham was his seventh goal in seven consecutive league outings.

The midfielder's future is in doubt this summer but his scintillating form on Tyneside surely makes him a contender for Arsenal's first-team side next season.

Arsenal have struggled to fill a creative hole this season but the goal contributions of Willock could have proved crucial.

The 21-year-old helped Steve Bruce's struggling Magpies go from a relegation battle to finishing in a solid 12th place.

Arsenal tweeted their congratulations to Willock after he won the coveted individual award.

And the post received plenty of backlash from football supporters on social media, who mocked the fact one of their league's most in-form players was not able to make Arteta's failing side.

"Newcastle are a bigger club now," one fan tweeted.

"Willock won player of the month in a Newcastle shirt…stop celebrating mediocrity," another frustrated fan said.

"Not that you did anything to help with that," one fan posted.

Arteta has confirmed Willock will return to Emirates after his successful loan spell.

“For sure because he’s got a contract and that’s going to be here. That’s for sure," he said last week.

“I am really happy that things have gone so well because of the potential that he has. I think it was great for him to go away and have a different experience.

“He has grabbed that opportunity in a really positive and remarkable way and he will come back to us, we will have a conversation with him and plan the next years for him."

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