No Arsenal player has faced as much criticism as Willian this season.
The Brazilian was brilliant on his debut against Fulham where he was involved in all three goals. However, he has barely done anything since that game and he has faced the wrath of Arsenal fans.
Willian is yet to score a goal in Arsenal colours. He is now behind the likes of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the pecking order, and that really is a shame.
The former Chelsea man is massively experienced. He has the ability to turn games on its head on his own, but it’s just not happening for him since his move in the summer.
David Luiz was asked about his compatriot’s struggles and the defender has revealed the advice he has given Willian to deal with all the criticism.
Luiz: Willian will bring a lot of joy to Arsenal fans
He told ESPN Brasil: “Everyone knows about Willian’s potential, and he doesn’t have to prove nothing to anyone after so many years at a high level.
“He is experiencing a not so pleasant time on an individual level because things are not happening. But he is an experienced, intelligent guy who knows what to do, what he is doing every day.
“You don’t see Willian murmuring to train. You don’t see Willian stop training, he is always dedicated, looking to improve, grow, you don’t see Willian making a face at the bench, all these things. So, he’s a guy who it will go through this, it will go through this moment and it will still bring a lot of joy to Arsenal.
“He is experiencing turbulence, just like I did in the first months. It is not easy for you to switch from a great club to another great club. From a rival to another, and you have all the cannons aimed at you, and everything you do people will compare.
“My first months weren’t easy either, and that’s what I try to pass on to Willian: ‘Calm down, things will work out, things will happen, just keep working because you are you, there is no way to change. You are a great player and a great person. Calm down, things are going to happen’.”
Arsenal Insider’s view:
Nobody would’ve expected Willian to have a season as bad as this. He has looked nothing like his previous self, and constant criticism has clearly damaged his confidence.
However, now that the team are in a fairly decent run, he needs to step up. Willian looked good when he came on against Manchester United, and he needs to keep that up until the end of the season.
The Brazilian will likely start in the Europa League against Benfica later this month. If he can perform to the best of his abilities there and help us go all the way in the competition, his early season woes will be forgotten.