After a whole season at Arsenal, it’s safe to say that Willian has failed to repay the faith that Mikel Arteta put in him last summer.
The Brazilian joined the Gunners on a free-transfer from Chelsea. A lot of criticism came Arsenal’s way for offering him a very lucrative three-year deal, but there was a feeling among most people that Willian would end up being a decent signing.
He was brilliant for Chelsea during his time there and his experience at the top level checked all the boxes that Arteta was looking for. Sadly, nothing has gone right for Willian in Arsenal’s colours over the last 10 months.
It has been so bad that the Brazilian wants to leave already and that would be the best thing for all parties. Arsenal need to bring in someone a lot better, and if reports are to be believed, Arteta and Edu have found the perfect player.
Emi Buendia is everything Arteta hoped Willian would be
The thinking behind Willian’s signing was that the Chelsea man would be a versatile attacker who was capable of scoring, assisting and creating chances game after game in the Premier League.
That failed terribly but Emiliano Buendia can do all of the above and more if the Gunners can bring him in this summer.
The Daily Mail revealed yesterday that Arsenal are pushing to sign the Argentine international in the coming weeks. Norwich are reportedly looking for a bid in the region of £35 million plus add-ons, and all things indicate that the Gunners are prepared to do it.
Buendia, labelled as ‘incredible’ by Dean Ashton, has had a sensational season for the Canaries in the Championship. He ended the campaign with 15 goals and 17 assists, which is a truly phenomenal return for a player who played on the right-wing all year.
That, however, doesn’t mean that the 24-year-old can only play out wide. He claimed in an interview yesterday that he feels ‘most comfortable’ as a number 10 – a position where Willian was truly underwhelming this season.
In terms of creativity, Buendia registered a staggering 122 key passes in the Championship this term. (WhoScored) That’s on a whole different level when compared to Willian’s mediocre 32 key passes in 25 appearances in the Premier League. (WhoScored)
Arsenal desperately need a versatile player in attack, who is also capable of creating chances, assisting and scoring goals on a consistent basis. Arteta was convinced that Willian would do all of the above, but numbers show that Buendia is the right man for the Gunners boss.