Willian may have spent the last couple of months running around in an Arsenal shirt looking a bit lost but he’s not blaming Mikel Arteta.
In fact, the Brazil international says he’s been very impressed with the Spaniard’s coaching methods and thinks he has all the qualities needed to become one of the best managers in the world.
“He’ll be a top manager, I’ve no doubt about it,” Willian told the latest edition of FourFourTwo.
“The potential is there, as is the ambition. In a few years he’ll be considered one of the best managers in the Premier League – and the world.
“Obviously you must win trophies to be considered one of the best, and it will happen for him sooner rather than later.
“I’m impressed with the way he talks and explains his tactical thoughts – he’s quick to read the game and make adjustments when needed. It’s been fantastic to train under him so far and I’m learning a lot.”
Willian also explained how it was that Arsenal lured him away from Chelsea after years of rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona.
“There was a lot of talk about Barcelona for the past few seasons,” he said, “but I wouldn’t have gone there just because they’re Barca.
“I wouldn’t go to any club without hearing about their targets and what they wanted from me.
“It wouldn’t be nice to be there or anywhere else if you weren’t going to be a big part of the project and didn’t play much.
“Arsenal were the only club to show me a project that would fit with my ambitions, and they’re one of the biggest clubs in the world.”
Good to hear that Willian is feeling settled at Arsenal. We’re off to search for his form in the Fulham area.