Patrice Evra singles out struggling Arsenal star who has ‘surprised’ him this season

Patrice Evra has been 'surprised' by how much Willian has struggled at Arsenal since leaving Chelsea.
Patrice Evra has been ‘surprised’ by Willian’s struggles

Patrice Evra admitted he’s been ‘surprised’ by how Willian has failed to adapt to his new surroundings at Arsenal this season.

Evra, the former Manchester United left-back, is an admirer of the ‘talented’ Brazilian and thinks he’s a ‘wonderful player to watch’.

He moved from Chelsea to the Emirates on a free transfer in the summer and impressed in his opening game for his new club, providing two assists against Fulham.

However, things have not worked out well since.

Willian has yet to score in 15 games in all competitions and has found himself coming in for criticism for the level of his performances.

Evra expects the 32-year-old to improve drastically as the season goes on but admitted he was struggling to see why Willian has struggled to make the transition from Chelsea to Arsenal.

Willian of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 6, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. A limited number of fans are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only.
Willian has underperformed this season (Picture: Visionhaus)

And he is particularly confused because there should be less ‘pressure’ in north London compared to at Stamford Bridge.

‘I’m surprised because I understand at Chelsea he had a difficult time with Mourinho, but what a talented player, what a wonderful player to watch,’ Willian told Sky Sports.

‘I’m surprised because playing for Arsenal, you don’t have that kind of pressure.

‘I understand why Arsenal fans criticise him but he can do much better than that, he surely will.

‘Maybe you have to adapt to a new team, I don’t want to find any excuses but I’m behind Willian and he will do much better than what he is doing right now.’

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