Willian is a “shadow” of the player he was at Chelsea and has failed to meet expectations at Arsenal this season.
That is according to former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 32-year-old’s recent poor performances in red and white.
Willian produced a disappointing display against Newcastle United in the FA Cup last week in what was his first start since the 2-1 loss at Everton before Christmas.
He was then an unused sub in Thursday’s goalless draw against Crystal Palace.
The Brazil international joined Mikel Arteta’s side on a mega-money contract in the summer having failed to agree new terms at his previous club Chelsea.
His 13 appearances this season have yielded a meagre three assists, two of which came on the first day of the season at Fulham.
When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Willian’s form, Campbell said:
“He’s a shadow of the player he was at Chelsea. Sometimes a player makes a move and things just do not work out. He has lost all of his form and confidence.
“Class is permanent, he has proven how good he can be in the Premier League but Arsenal fans do not care about what he did at Chelsea. He needs to produce for Arsenal.
“Unfortunately, he is not doing it. He is having a really difficult time at the moment.”
In a recent interview, Willian revealed that he did not know the reasoning behind his poor form.
He said: “I know I can improve a lot, and of course my performances on the pitch can be a lot better. I know I’m far away from being at my best, but I’m determined to work hard and change this.”