Willian admits to being “far away” from his best at Arsenal



Willian admits to being “far away” from his best at Arsenal, with the Brazilian putting his fight for form down to a change of scenery in 2020-21, despite just crossing from Chelsea to London.

Last summer, when he completed a move from Premier League opponents, the winger was perceived to be quite a coup for the Gunners.

Willian spent seven years at Stamford Bridge, earning 339 appearances and two top-flight titles in England.

At Emirates Stadium, the expertise was expected to be put to good use, with Mikel Arteta seeking to combine youth and experience in north London.

In the current campaign, however, Willian has struggled to find a spark, with the 32-year-old conceding as much as he vows to get better.

He told Arsenal’s official game-day program: “Well, it’s never easy to switch clubs, especially after so long being somewhere.”

Before coming to Arsenal, I was at Chelsea for seven years and then you have a new club, new people, a new philosophy.

Things are different, so I’m still adapting, but I feel good. I’ve learned a lot, a new philosophy of football.

“Here, everybody is fine. I know I can improve a lot, and I can improve my success on the field a lot, of course.

Willian started positively enough for the Gunners, with two assists against Fulham recorded on the opening weekend, but from that point, he went backward.

He added: “For me, the first match was great, against Fulham, I felt I had a good performance and I had two assists.” And then, I have no idea.

I do try to do my best and sometimes things don’t go the way you expect them to. It’s a part of football and a part of life, you have to say.

“Sometimes you have positive moments, other times you have bad moments, you have to learn from that.

“And I know I’m far from being at my best right now, but I’m determined to work hard and make this change.”

Arteta stood by him while Willian was toiling and gave out 18 appearances in all competitions.

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