Willian has conceded that he is not having a good season despite feeling that he has improved for Arsenal more recently, in comments reported by Football London.
It has been an incredibly difficult season for the Brazilian. In truth, he probably was not helped by the fact that he was outstanding on his debut.
The 32-year-old is yet to score for Mikel Arteta’s men. Meanwhile, he has only contributed three assists in the Premier League since the opening day.
There have been some more promising signs since late February. In fact, Willian went on a run of providing an assist in four games in a row in all competitions at one stage.
The attacking midfielder – who earns around £192,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – suggested however, that those performances do not change the fact that he has not been happy overall.
“A lot of ups and downs, we know that,” he said, as reported by Football London. “I’m the first to recognise that I’m not having a good season. Of course, the last few games that I played I was playing much better, but I think it was not enough.”
You can understand why Arsenal supporters were so frustrated earlier in the campaign. Arteta boasts some seriously exciting attacking players within his ranks.
Yet, the Spaniard rarely seemed to lose faith in Willian. It did seem that he dropped out of the starting lineup a lot later than many supporters would have liked.
He still has a long way to go before he silences his doubters. But perhaps some of those displays more recently hint that Willian can rediscover something like his best form once again.