ARSENAL star Joe Willock escaped unhurt after a terrifying motorway smash.
The 21-year-old midfielder crashed his £140,000 Mercedes G-Wagon jeep into a barrier on an M25 slip road.
Joe Willock crashed his £140,000 Mercedes jeep into a barrier on the M25Credit: AFP – Getty
The Gunners prospect lost control at the wheel and his car somehow stayed upright before ending in the bushes.
The smash reportedly took place on Saturday afternoon when Willock was on his way to training.
And he went on to play in Arsenal’s 0-0 draw at Leeds the following day before being subbed off just before the hour mark.
An eyewitness told the Daily Mail: “I didn’t know who he was. He was a bit shaken, but fine.
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“I got out of the car and I went to his window, which was blacked out. You could see that he was trying to reverse back out of the verge.
“The back wheel was missing but you could see the hub spinning out. He wound the window down and I said: ‘You can’t reverse’. He let out a big scream.
“I said: ‘You went around the corner a bit fast’.
“He said: ‘I know, I’m an idiot’. He said he was on his way to training, for Arsenal.
The 21-year-old played just under an hour against Leeds on SundayCredit: AP:Associated Press
Joe Willock celebrates his goal against Molde in the Europa League earlier this monthCredit: AFP or licensors
“He got out and said: ‘Do you think it’s a write off?’. I said: ‘I’m no expert, but I think so – you have half a tree in your front bumper’.”
The Sun Online has contacted Arsenal for comment.
Willock has played seven times for Arsenal in all competitions this season – but only once in the Premier League.
He featured in the Community Shield win over Liverpool in August and in the early rounds of the EFL Cup.
Willock scored in back to back Europa League wins over Dundalk and Molde.
He has been at Arsenal since he was four years old and is brothers with two other footballers.
Willock made his first-team debut for the Gunners in 2017 and has been capped by England at U16, U19, U20 and U21 level.
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