Joe Willock will have undoubtedly brought a wry smile to the faces of Arsenal fans after what has been a miserable weekend for the Gunners faithful.
On loan at Newcastle, the 21-year-old handed his parent club a glimmer of hope in their race for Champions League qualification.
Tottenham were leading the match 2-1 at the time of Willock’s introduction from the bench courtesy of a Harry Kane brace, but with just five minutes to go Willock ensured his boyhood club’s most fierce rivals would be leaving the North East with one point rather than three after he struck an equaliser from close range.
If snatching points off Tottenham wasn’t enough to please Arsenal fans, his post-match comments will certainly go down well on the red side of north London.
Speaking after the game, Willock was asked if the moment felt all the more sweeter given his Arsenal connections.
“Yeah, I’m an Arsenal player, so it does make it a bit sweeter, but I’m happy to come here and do my job, come on the pitch and make an impact like the manager told me to do,” he told Sky Sports.
“He told me to come on, run around and try to score. Run in the box and try to score goals, that’s what I like to do.”
The point could prove vital in Newcastle’s bid for Premier League survival, with Willock stating: “Yeah, it was big. I thought the boys played really well.
“When we were behind, I thought it was a bit harsh, so I’m happy to make a big impact like that.
“As a group of players, collectively we’re all here to fight for each other. If we play like we did today, then we’ll have no problems staying in this league.”
The summer transfer window is just around the corner.
And the rumour mill is already starting to pick up speed.
Arsenal will not have a huge amount of money to spend, but Mikel Arteta will be hoping to make a number of moves, with loanee Martin Odegaard high up the list of priorities to bring in on a permanent deal.
But who would you sign? Get involved in our transfer window debate here.
Currently, Newcastle hover just one place above the relegation zone – two points above closest rivals Fulham having played a game less.
Their position could look far less secure by the end of the evening, if Fulham manage to get what would be a huge win away at Aston Villa.
The West-London outfit are yet to lose on their travels since the turn of the new year.