Arsenal journalist Charles Watts has been sharing his thoughts on Gunners winger Willian and his recent run of form for the north London club.
This comes after Watts recently uploaded a video onto his YouTube channel where he spoke about a number of topics concerning Mikel Arteta’s side.
On the subject of Willian and his recent run of form for Arsenal, Watts had this to say about the Brazilian. (4.16)
He said: “It’s just not happening for him and he’s becoming a real, real problem. Arsenal invested £30 million in Willian over the next three years in terms of [his] contract. Yes, it was a free transfer, but they’ve given him big, big wages and he’s here for three years and he has not had the start to his career that we all would have hoped that Mikel Arteta and Edu certainly would have hoped.
“I think we all looked at that deal and thought three years is probably too much but if you get 18 good months out of him at the start of the contract, then it’s probably going to end up being just about value for money, but he’s been anything but at the moment, he’s been absolutely awful and if anything, he’s getting worse and it’s becoming a real, real problem.”
As Watts mentioned in his video, Arsenal signed Willian back in the previous summer transfer window from fellow Premier League side Chelsea on a free transfer after the winger spent seven years at Stamford Bridge.
So far, the 32-year-old has made 18 appearances for Arteta’s side across all competitions but has yet to register a goal and has only managed to pick up three assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Charles Watts’ comments on Willian…
As well as his poor goals and assists record so far this season, Willian has also managed to earn himself a fairly uninspiring season rating of 6.65/10 for his league performances, this backs up what Watts had to say about the winger in his video.
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In our view, while Willian doesn’t seem to have had the best start to his Arsenal career, he still has time in his three-year deal with the club to turn his form around and become an important figure in the team.