Arsenal winger Willian was certainly not the only player to put in a woeful performance against Burnley last night but the Brazilian international’s poor form has become a lightning rod for criticism following the Gunners’ awful start to the season.
There was a lot of optimism when the 32-year-old was snapped up on a free transfer from Chelsea, with many believing he could add some experience in attacking areas.
However, despite a promising debut against Fulham, Willian has flattered to deceive, putting in a succession of below-par displays with many fans on Twitter now asking why manager Mikel Arteta keeps selecting ahead of the likes of Reiss Nelson:
Willian has been shocking since that Fulham game, Christ
— zla (@zachalxnder) December 13, 2020
Stuck with Willian for 3 years. Brill.
— Joe Sloe (@Gunnerzaurus) December 13, 2020
Willian can't even beat his man&he thinks he's 28
— 𝓐𝓻𝓽𝓮𝓽𝓪'𝓼 𝓦𝓸𝓷𝓭𝓮𝓻𝓵𝓪𝓷𝓭 #FreeSaliba (@Shrikantz89) December 13, 2020
Willian is not a winger anymore.. Think he should play in midfield with Nelson down the flank
— Ortega (@Ortega_Tacos) December 13, 2020
Can someone tell me what Willian does in this team?
— ukeje (@ekwemsa) December 13, 2020
He forgot how to dribble. His focus is only on how to run his restaurant. Esr should be subbed on.
— Pierre Alexnelli 🇮🇳🔴 (@Lacaubanelli) December 13, 2020
Arteta is gonna die on this hill persisting with willian whether he performs or not
— Mo (@Nas_tradmus79) December 13, 2020
Willian is useless. Everytime he has the ball we are loosing possession
— Deeds Makeyi (@CdeDeeds) December 13, 2020
Willian is Pooor man,its even painful
— the_real_phiwo (@Phiwo__Kuhle) December 13, 2020
Our right side should be Nelson – Cedric. Willian and Bellerin are both useless.
— A W🔴⚪ (@goonerforever_) December 13, 2020
With Nicolas Pepe returning from suspension when Arsenal face Southampton on Wednesday, it will be hoped that Willian is taken out of the side and replaced by the Ivorian. Although the club’s record signing does blow hot and cold, he can certainly offer a lot more than his Brazilian teammate at the moment.