Signing Willian from Chelsea on a free transfer seemed like a bargain for Gunners in the summer, but his form in Arsenal was disappointing so far of the season.
, expected the same form from the Brazilian, he thinks
needing “time” to settle and produce his best is loose and it might send a wrong message from Arsenal’s board.
He said in his Wrighty’s House Podcast:
“Can I say something because there’s something I read with Edu, who I was with during the Rapid Vienna game. We had a chat and he’s very energetic.
“But I was very disappointed with something I read with Edu talking about Willian needing time. I can’t have that – and I’d say it to him if I saw him – because we don’t want to be peddling that.
“We’ve brought Willian in to hit the ground running and when he came in I read what you [Edu] said about a player that we need an immediate impact from.
“We’ve signed him for three years, which was very dubious for a lot of people. I went, 'okay, Willian is good enough, a serial winner, and you look at the experience he brings'.
“To hear, 'we need to give him more time'… I needed something to squeeze because that’s not why he bought him. Willian needs that chat where someone says, 'my friend, listen, you’re here to hit the ground running'.
“I’m not throwing him under the bus but I’m trying to explain that Edu cannot come out and say these things when Arsenal are in a position where we’ve signed the player for three years and he needs to hit the ground running.
“It should be a dream move for him but maybe he hasn’t been energized. But he’s come into a dressing room that needs him to be the man.
“Now Edu’s saying he needs time. No, you shouldn’t be saying that. Someone needs to get him in that office and speak to him and say, 'you’re meant to be doing it now'.”
has produced three assists in his 11 Premier League appearances for
, and was an unused sub during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw against Southampton, sharing the bench with