Willian admits his exclusion from Arsenal was ‘the worst time’ of his career so far, but says he is ‘happy to be back’ after returning to form with four assists in five games for Mikel’s side. Arteta.
- Willian has revealed that he recently had ‘the worst time’ as a footballer at Arsenal
- The Brazilian toured London last summer and left Chelsea for Arsenal
- He was initially a key player for Mikel Arteta, but dropped in the pecking order
- Now that he’s making an impact again, Willian admits he is ‘happy to be back’ in top form
Arsenal star Willian has started his slow start to life with the Emirates, revealing that the period he was left out of the team was ‘the worst time I think I’ve lived’ as a professional footballer.
The Brazilian winger toured London last summer, leaving Chelsea for free after seven years at Stamford Bridge before signing with The Gunners.
Willian started 12 of his first 14 Premier League games under Mikel Arteta, but found himself slipping into the pecking order during the festive period as Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe continued to impress.
Willian revealed he had experienced ‘the worst time’ as a footballer early in his Arsenal career
The Brazilian winger signed for Mikel Arteta’s side after a transfer-free departure from Chelsea
But Willian has now provided four assists in his last five appearances in all competitions for the Gunners and has stood out in recent games.
And during the international hiatus, Willian has opened up to the struggles he has encountered since moving to Arsenal, but he hopes he will get on the other side now.
‘It was a really difficult start, apart from that first game against Fulham, where I had a good performance, I managed to make a good game’ Willian said in an interview with ESPN Brazil.
Even after that game, there were some games we won, I even had a good game, but then we ended up having a bad streak.
‘I also got a bad streak and I think my worst professional time so far is since I joined Corinthians and was sold to Ukraine, and that’s when I got to Chelsea without a doubt. This phase which is now over was the worst time I think I have lived as a professional.
‘Of course when you live in a difficult moment you get really upset and you try to find solutions, a way to improve, you try to help the team.
‘That’s what I’ve been doing all this time, I’ve never stopped training, working, putting in as much effort as possible.
Willian was not part of Arteta’s squad for much of the winter after lowering the pecking order
He has registered four assists in his last four appearances after being given a chance
‘It took a while before I left, but lately I have been playing well in the last games, I stand out with assists and I am playing well. So I am happy to be back to find my good football. ‘
Despite his recent screenings, Willian has yet to score in 30 appearances for Arteta’s side, who raised eyebrows for his £ 220,000 a week wage.
In a recent interview with SportWillian also admitted he never wanted to leave Chelsea, but they declined to offer him a three-year deal.
“It was difficult to make that decision,” he explained.
‘Because … the rivalry between the two clubs is very strong. It was well thought out … talking to my wife and even the agent many times.
‘I didn’t leave the club arguing, I left the doors open. Everyone knew the conditions, I really wanted to stay.
‘We didn’t find an agreement in the end, I ended up asking for three years, Chelsea wanted to give two and everyone knows this story. That’s why I eventually left. ‘