Willian admits he’s been far from his best since joining Arsenal in the summer but can’t put his finger on why his form has been so poor.
Lured from Stamford Bridge by a big-money, three-year contract, the Brazil international was earmarked to play an important role both on and off the pitch. So far it really hasn’t worked out.
In 18 appearances this season, the 32-year-old has mustered just three assists and is yet to hit the net. He doesn’t really look like he’s enjoying his football but insists he’ll work hard to rectify things.
In an interview with Arsenal’s official matchday programme ahead of the game with Crystal Palace, he said: “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 went on to admit that he’s held talks with Mikel Arteta and feels he still has the backing of everyone at the club.
“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.”
Earlier this week, the boss hinted that fellow summer signing Thomas Partey had found it tough moving from Spain to England in the middle of the pandemic. Having been in England for so long, Willian’s transition was supposed to be much smoother, but again, he admits he’s struggled.
“It’s never easy changing club, especially after being somewhere for so long,” he said.
“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.”