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Arsene Wenger has called him “very gifted”, but knowing that Arsenal manager’s good opinion and public praise wouldn’t be enough to give him the game time he’s after this next season, he made the decision to immigrate south.
Chris Willock signed a five-year contract at Benfica, and that’s where he hopes to prove his worth, playing for one of the biggest teams in Portugal, one with regular decent runs at international competitions as well.
Chris is a very gifted player with natural strength and natural talent. He has what you do not find very easily
Wenger had told Arsenal’s magazine during last season, explaining though that
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 Walcott, Alexis and Welbeck in front of him at the moment.
More good words followed,
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
Wenger also said, but at the end of the day, what mattered the most for the 19-year-old was to play as much as possible.
Having written all that, it won’t be easy for him to establish himself at Benfica either, as the Portuguese side’s roster is already full of very good players, some even excellent.