The Brazilian joined on a free transfer from Chelsea in the summer after the Blues rejected to extend his contract for another 3 years. Having impressed on his Arsenal debut with a couple of assists against Fulham, Willian has struggled to replicate his form since then.
The Arsenal winger has managed to register just 3 assists in 13 appearances for the Gunners in the Premier League. Speaking ahead of their match against Crystal Palace, Willian admitted he has been far from his best since joining Arsenal. The Brazilian added “To be honest sometimes it can be difficult to explain.”
“The first game was great for me, against Fulham, I felt I had a good performance and gave two assists. And then, I don’t know.”
“I’m always trying to do my best, sometimes things don’t go the way you want. You have to say it’s a part of football and a part of life. Sometimes you have good moments, other times you have bad moments, you have to learn from that.”
“And right now, I know I’m far away from being at my best, but I’m determined to work hard and change this.”
Willian admitted he held talks with Mikel Arteta, and believes he has the backing of the club. The former Chelsea winger added “Of course, we talk about lots of things together, and I know I have his support. That’s great for me, and to have the support of the club, so what I can do is always work hard, give my best in training to try to improve myself. This is the only way to get back to good performances.”
“It’s never easy changing club, especially after being somewhere for so long. I was at Chelsea for seven years before coming to Arsenal and then you have a new club, a new philosophy. Things are different so I’m still adapting but I feel good, I have been learning a lot – a new footballing philosophy.”
“Everyone is great here, I know I can improve a lot, and of course my performances on the pitch can be a lot better.”