Willian claims Arsenal spell is his ‘worst time’ in football

Joe Williams
Willian Arsenal
Willian Arsenal

Arsenal winger Willian says his time at the Emirates Stadium has been the “worst” in his professional career to date.

The 32-year-old moved to the Emirates Stadium from London rivals Chelsea in the summer but initially struggled to make an impact.

The Brazil international has been criticised online for much of the campaign, having provided five Premier League assists – two of them in the first match of the season against Fulham – and failed to open his goalscoring account for the Gunners.

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His form has improved over the past few weeks with Willian contributing four assist in his last five matches in all competitions, including a man-of-the-match performance against Leicester City.

Willian is “happy” to be back playing well but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the Brazilian winger classes his time at Arsenal to be the “worst” of his career.

Willian told ESPN Brazil: “It really was a very difficult start, apart from that first game against Fulham, where I had a good performance [setting up two of the three goals in a 3-0 win], 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.”