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Mikel Arteta says he takes “full responsibility” for Arsenal 32-year-old’s form

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has claimed that he takes “fully responsibility” for the form of Willian this season, suggesting that his levels have dropped since his move to the club.

Willian, who is on a £192,000-a-week (Spotrac) deal wth the Gunners, has massively struggled during his first year at the Emirates Stadium.

The Brazilian attacker’s inconsistent form is something that has frustrated supporters at the Emirates Stadium, especially as he was previously a key player for London and Premier League rivals Chelsea.

He’s managed a decent return of seven assists in 37 games across all competitions, but his one and only goal came in the win over West Brom earlier this month.

Arteta has come out with a defence of the wide man in his Tuesday press conference, where he’s described him as an “incredible talent”. The Spanish boss claims though he should be getting more out of him.

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“First of all we signed a player with an incredible talent, a proven talent and performance level in this league, and this season has been difficult and I take full responsibility because I have to be the one getting the best out of him and we had moments but not to the level that he did before,” Arteta said, as quoted by the club’s official website.

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TBR’s View:

It’s very noble for Arteta to try defend Willian, but in truth the player has to take ownership over what has been a disappointing individual season.

The rapid winger was always a menace at Stamford Bridge with his trickery and energy even when he wasn’t scoring, but that spark hasn’t existed for most of the season.

It’s easy to forget his league debut for Arsenal saw him produce two assists against Fulham, but it’s been downhill since them.

The fact he signed a massive deal on a three-year contract makes it an extremely poor piece of business, but Arteta has tried to suggest the best is yet to come from him.

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