Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was asked about Willian’s display against Burnley after the Brazilian picked up his third assist in as many games.
The former Chelsea man has had a shocking season at Arsenal. Apart from his debut display against Fulham on the opening day, Willian barely did anything impressive and that attracted a ton of criticism from fans, media and the pundits.
He was labelled a flop by many and Arteta was urged to get rid of him after just one year at the club. The Arsenal boss ignored everyone and kept his faith in the Brazilian, and Willian is repaying that now.
The 32-year-old came off the bench against Benfica and completely changed the game. He started the following game against Leicester and was one of the best players on the pitch, and the way he started the game against Burnley showed that he is getting back to his best.
However, Willian’s display in the first 25 minutes of the second half was poor, much like most of his teammates. Arteta acknowledged that but claimed that he was very efficient throughout the game despite what happened after the break.
Arteta: Willian had some good moments in the game
He said, as per Football London: “It’s always a difficult game to play here for the forwards the way they play here, but I thought he had some really good moments in the game.
“There were some moments where we struggled because we played their game for 25 minutes in the second half which they do that really well to weight the game where they want.
“It’s pretty difficult to get out of it when the ball is always stopping, when there are free kicks and goal kicks and throw-ins, but it’s their game, but the moment we got control and we can use the spaces and he can have short relationships with his teammates I think he’s very efficient.”
It really is good to see Willian getting back to his best. You don’t win multiple Premier League titles and play over 250 games in the best league in the world if you’re not a good player, and his recent performances show exactly that.
Hopefully, he can carry this on until the end of the season.