Having moved on a free transfer from Chelsea last summer, Willian has had a roller coaster ride in his first season at Arsenal. The Brazilian started 12 of the first 14 league games under Mikel Arteta, but then found himself slipping down the pecking order due to a lack of impact and poor performances.
Willian now has returned to his best, as the Brazilian provided four assists in last five games across all competitions for the Gunners. The Arsenal forward has now opened up on his struggles, and admitted it was one of his worst streaks in his professional career.
Speaking to ESPN Brazil, the former Chelsea player said “It really was a very difficult start, apart from that first game against Fulham, where I had a good performance, I managed to make a good game.”
“Even after that game there were some games that we won, I even had a good game, but then we ended up getting a bad streak.”
“I also got a bad streak and I think my worst professional time to date, since I went up at Corinthians and was sold to Ukraine, then I arrived at Chelsea, without a doubt. This phase that passed now was the worst time that I think I lived as a professional.”
“Of course, when you live in a difficult moment, you get really upset and try to find solutions, a way to improve, try to help the team. That’s what I’ve been doing all this time, I never stopped training, to work, to dedicate myself as much as possible.”
“It took a little while to leave, but lately in the last games I’ve been playing well again, standing out with assists, playing well. So I’m happy to be back to find my good football.”
Source: Daily Mail