Arsenal legend Paul Merson has expressed his shock at Willian’s poor form for the Gunners this season, in conversation with Sky Sports.
The 32-year-old arrived at the Emirates Stadium to much fanfare in the summer, signing a three-year deal reportedly worth £220,000-a-week after leaving Chelsea on a free transfer.
Willian hit the ground running in his first competitive game for Arsenal, registering two assists and putting in a man-of-the-match display in the Premier League opener at Fulham.
However, most of his performances since that game have been average at best – Whoscored gave him 8.35 against the Cottagers but he’s yet to go beyond a 7 since then.
“I don’t know what’s happened to Willian,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“He was unplayable for Chelsea at times last season, and then Arsenal sign him and you think: ‘What a signing this is. On a free transfer!’
“I can’t remember him having a good game yet. I’m a massive, massive fan of his. He’s just not got going.”
While Willian’s display against Wolves was still short of his best, it was much improved as he got the assist for Gabriel’s goal and looked the most likely to create before he was withdrawn.
It mattered little in the end, however, as Arsenal fell to a 2-1 defeat – their third league game in a row without a win – which left them a lowly 14th in the table.
Willian is not the only Gunners player in poor form right now, and Arteta’s got a lot of work to do to get his side back to its best in the league as we head into a busy festive schedule.