Winterburn says that Willian performs not as well as he did in Chesea

Thu 18 February 2021 | 20:21

“Willian has underperformed in an Arsenal shirt so far." Says Nigel Winterburn, Arsenal legendary defender.


signed the


in August 2020 with a three-year contract.


, however, believes that the 32-year-old is not performing as well as he did in Chelsea.

He said:

“You can’t hide away from the fact that most of the supporters expected a lot more than what we’ve seen so far.

“There’s no doubt in my mind the ability he has, especially watching him play at


, but he hasn’t delivered that for Arsenal.

“The problem that he has now is with the emergence of some of the young players, it’s looking like his chances are going to be limited because the younger players are the players that

Mikel Arteta

simply cannot leave out of the team.

“Initially, I thought Willian was a good signing, I did also worry that I didn’t want it to interfere with the progression of some of the younger players, but also that experience from a player Willian, can help guide the younger players. Willian is simply not performing at the same level for Arsenal as he was for Chelsea. 

Arteta, however,

believes that all the criticism's are fair.

He then said that a one-year contract could not satisfy him to leave Chelsea and join Arsenal and that is the reason why a received a three-year contract.

Winterburn then added:

“I understand the logistics of what the club was trying to achieve when they brought him in at that period of time. However, given the way the club has developed this season with their younger players, I’m sure the club will look back and think it was a transfer they didn’t need to make.”

Willian has not scored for Arsenal yet but has registered 3 assists in the 24 appearances made for the Gunners.

source: SportMob

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