David Luiz launches passionate defence of ‘great player’ Willian amid Arsenal struggles

David Luiz launches passionate defence of 'great player' Willian amid Arsenal struggles
The former Chelsea winger has endured a difficult start to his Gunners career (Picture: Getty)

David Luiz has hit back at critics of Arsenal teammate Willian and is adamant his countryman will get out of his current slump and prove he is still a ‘great player’.

The Brazilian winger moved to the Emirates on a free transfer from Chelsea over the summer but has endured a very difficult time in north London and is still yet to register his first goal for the club.

Willian has not even assisted a goal since November and appears to have lost the trust of manager Mikel Arteta, starting none of Arsenal’s last eight Premier League matches.

Willian Arsenal v Newcastle United - FA Cup Third Round
Willian has not made the impact many Arsenal fans were hoping for (Picture: Getty)

But Luiz insists the 32-year-old is doing everything possible to re-find his form, remaining upbeat and working hard in training, and has been giving him advice on how to get back to his best.

‘Few people know the person Willian. But those who do know can’t say they don’t love him. Because everyone loves him as a person,’ Luiz told ESPN Brasil.

‘Everyone knows the player Willian. And everyone knows Willian’s potential. And he doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone after so many years at the highest level.

‘And he’s in a moment which is not so pleasant on the individual level because things are not happening.

‘But he’s an experienced, intelligent guy, who knows what he should know, and what he must do every day.

‘You don’t see Willian murmuring about training, you don’t see Willian not training. He’s always dedicated, he’s looking for the best, to improve, to grow. You don’t see Willian with an ugly face on the bench. All those things.

‘So he’s a guy who will get through this, he will get through this moment and he’ll still bring a lot of joy to Arsenal, to this club. Because there’s this turbulence, just as I had in the first few months.

Willian Arsenal Training Session
Willian has no goals and just three assists in 22 appearances for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

‘It’s not easy, you change clubs, from one rival to another, you have all the cannons facing you. Everything you do people will compare [to what you’d done before].

‘Supporters on one side who loved you are sad because you left and are nervous. Supporters on the other side, who cheered against you, are like, “I’m not going to like this guy who came from the other side”.

‘You end up feeling, in a way, just a little unsure until you adapt. My first months weren’t easy, and that’s what I try to pass on to Willian. “Calm down, things will work out, things will happen. Just keep working because you’re you, there’s no way to change. You’re a great person and you’re a great player. Calm down. Things are going to happen”.

‘That’s what we try. Everyone already loves Willian here, so I know that things will happen in the best possible way soon.’

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