After signing a reported £200,000 a week at Arsenal, some disappointing early performances led to some critics questioning the Gunners’ free summer signing. However, the Brazilian finally looks to be repaying the Spaniard’s faith in his ability.
Speaking toESPN Brazil
, Willian said: “It really was a very difficult start, apart from that first game against Fulham, where I had a good performance [setting up two of the three goals in a 3-0 win], I managed to make a good game.
“Even after that game there were some games that we won, I even had a good game, but then we ended up getting a bad streak.
“I also got a bad streak and I think my worst professional time to date, since I went up at Corinthians and was sold to Ukraine, then I arrived at Chelsea, without a doubt. This phase that passed now was the worst time that I think I lived as a professional.
“Of course, when you live in a difficult moment, you get really upset and try to find solutions, a way to improve, try to help the team.
“That's what I've been doing all this time, I never stopped training, to work, to dedicate myself as much as possible.
“It took a little while to leave, but lately in the last games I've been playing well again, standing out with assists, playing well. So I'm happy to be back to find my good football.”
Willian has four assists in his last five appearances as a north London derby win over Tottenham and victories over Leeds and Leicester have also lifted the club to sixth in the table.