Martin Keown has told BT Sport (broadcast on 28/2; 13:49) that Willian was much improved on Sunday as he named the Arsenal attacker as the man of the match from their win over Leicester City.
The Gunners responded superbly after conceding a goal inside six minutes. They were in front by half-time, and added a third shortly after the interval.
Willian did not get on the scoresheet. But he certainly produced one of his best performances for the club to date. He provided the assist for David Luiz’s equaliser, and also played a crucial part in the third from Nicolas Pepe.
And his display prompted Keown to name the summer signing as his man of the match as the full-time whistle approached.
“I’m going to go for Willian because I think he’s been a real improvement,” he told BT Sport. “He’s had to sit out, watched this team for long periods of the season.
“His assist for David Luiz’s goal, I’m going to give him the assist for the third one, the little knick he got back across for Pepe’s goal. So, much improved today and long may it continue.”
There were encouraging signs from Willian on Thursday as Arsenal knocked Benfica out of the Europa League. He found Kieran Tierney in the build-up to the Gunners’ second.
The 32-year-old – who earns around £192,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – now has his fourth assist of the season in the Premier League. And there appears to be a cautious optimism that he may now be turning a corner.
It could make a massive difference to Mikel Arteta’s side if Willian is about to discover his best form. The last two displays hint that he may be on his way.