Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has come out to say that he was happy with Willian’s 30 minutes vs Dundalk in the Europa League on Thursday.
Arteta recently revealed that the performance was good after his recent battles with a calf injury.
According to him, fans must remember that the ex Chelsea forward had a very brief pre-season so he still needs a bit of rhythm to perform above expectations.
He added that getting some minutes in his legs will surely help the Brazilian ahead of future games.
His words, “We missed Willian the last couple of weeks, he had a very short pre-season,”
“He needs that bit of rhythm. He looked good today, great to get some minutes in his legs.”
Willian added, “It’s been a cool, new experience. I hadn’t worked with a coach with that mindset,”
“The positional game doesn’t mean that you have no freedom on the pitch, you have the freedom to move, but many times you have to respect the position, what the coach asks, the instructions, understanding that it’ll be better for the team.”
“It may happen that you don’t touch the ball and get frustrated, but Mikel always says that, wait a minute, the ball will arrive. I’ve been learning a lot.”