Wenger said he wanted "half the team" to be our own products and I think that was 3 or 4 years ago. I assumed he meant those half would be as good as the other half so I really hope he's not looking at it saying Hector, Francis, Theo, Alex, Aaron, they're my boys.
It's a real shame if we end up losing youngsters with promise. I'm not saying Willock is the next Sterling or even the next Townsend but until we know exactly what he is then it's a waste.
I'm sure most won't care though. He's 19 and not proved himself so probably won't be good enough in this world where we're dreaming of signing top 18/19 year olds and where we're a club that's had Cole, Wilshere, Fabregas, Anelka, Bellerin etc.
For a little context though, a 19 year old Arteta was at Barca B then moved to Rangers a year later. A 19 year old Giroud was playing for a Ligue 2 reserve team before getting promoted to the senior team then going on loan to the 3rd division at 21. A 19 year old Koscielny was a reserve/bencher at a Ligue 2 club before joining a 3rd division club at 21. A 19 year old Mustafi was playing for Everton reserves then released a year later.
You never know until you know with a young player.