Willian had a brilliant start to his Arsenal career but his form has since dipped with some fans calling on Arteta to bench the player in games.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has defended the form of winger Willian after criticism from a section of Arsenal fans.
The latest criticism on Willian came from vocal club fan Pier Morgan who took to Twitter to note “What the hell’s gone wrong with Willian?” before the club scored two goals against Newcastle United in their FA Cup tie on Saturday.
Morgan’s sentiments were echoed by the club’s great Ian Wright who said of Willian and Pepe: “These are two players we needed a lot from, and we are just not getting it, to be honest.”
While admitting that Willian has not been at his best, Arteta defended the Brazilian in his post-match press saying that the former Chelsea man was improving day by day
“Well, I think he was improving and improving. The other day he came on really well against West Brom. He’s been out as well because he was ill, so he’s missed almost two weeks of training and football and today it was the first time that he started the game,” Arteta said.
Willian was withdrawn in the game for Bukayo Saka with the club goals scored by Emile Smith Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in extra time after Newcastle had held the hosts to a scoreless draw in regular time.