The 21-year-old joined Newcastle on loan in early February and impressed during his brief spell at St James’ Park with eight goals in 14 appearances.
Willock is back pre-season trained with Arsenal and played in a 2-2 draw with Rangers on Saturday.
But Bruce remains hopeful that Newcastle can strike a new deal with the Gunners for the midfielder.
‘Like I said, it’s really ArsenalBruce said Sunday.
‘And until Arsenal made a decision, like all the big clubs, they took a look pre-season, we will continue to track and badge.
‘We want to do something but that’s still Arsenal’s call.’
However, Mikel Arteta has dampened Newcastle’s hopes of securing a deal by claiming that Willock is part of his plans for the upcoming campaign.
‘Joe is part of our plans, he is our player and during his time here we will try to get the most out of him,’ said the Arsenal manager.
‘He’s had a great experience on loan. I think he is one of the most important players for their survival. ”
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