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Willian discusses his first few months working under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal

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Willian discusses his first few months working under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal

Arsenal forward Willian has been discussing his personal experience of working under Mikel Arteta so far.

The 69-cap Brazilian was one of seven summer signings at the Emirates Stadium (including Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares), after he ran down his contract at Chelsea.

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Willian made the free switch despite being offered an extension at Stamford Bridge.

So far it’s been a bit of lukewarm start for the South American.

He wowed on his debut against Fulham with two assist, but has since been pretty quiet.

It’s likely he is still adapting to new tactics and teammates, and the player has been speaking about his experience so far under Arteta.

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He told Brazilian publication Globo Esporte: “It’s been a cool, new experience. I hadn’t worked with a coach with that mindset.

 

“The positional game doesn’t mean that you have no freedom on the pitch, you have the freedom to move, but many times you have to respect the position, what the coach asks, the instructions, understanding that it’ll be better for the team.

“It may happen that you don’t touch the ball and get frustrated, but Mikel always says that, wait a minute, the ball will arrive. I’ve been learning a lot.”

TBR’s View – Willian will need to step up soon

All players need a bit of time to settle in at new clubs, but Arsenal fans would like to hope Willian can spring into life soon.

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He knows the Premier League extremely well and is vastly experienced.

Theoretically he should be able to make an impact quicker than, say, a player who has come in from a foreign league, like Gabriel Magalhaes.

That hasn’t been the case so far, but Willian does offer quality and energy – and will hopefully start contributing goals and assists more regularly soon.

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