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Arsenal star Willian admits being ‘frustrated’ by Arteta’s tactics

The Brazilian midfielder says it has taken him time to adjust to a more disciplined role since his move to Emirates Stadium from Chelsea

Willian has admitted to getting “frustrated” by Mikel Arteta’s tactics, but says he has been “learning a lot” from the Spanish boss at the start of his Arsenal career.

Arsenal signed Willian on a free transfer in August after seeing him depart Chelsea at the end of the 2019-20 season.

The Brazil international established himself as one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League during his seven-year stay at Stamford Bridge, winning two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the Europa League.

Arteta explained that the 32-year-old’s desire to add to his trophy collection fueled his desire to move across London after seeing him impress in the 3-0 win over Fulham on his Gunners debut.

“With some players when that [winning trophies] happened they have a full stomach but with Willian, I got the opposite feeling, that he wanted more and how he wanted to move to a different club and get to the level that he got before,” said the Arsenal boss.

“So I’m really pleased because he showed [at Fulham] how much he really wants it and how much he is going to drive the other players on in order to achieve that.”

Willian recorded two assists in that contest, but hasn’t been involved in any more goals in his subsequent five outings for the club and has been unable to exert his usual influence on games from the middle of the park.

Arsenal have struggled to find the back of the net on a regular basis, with Arteta persisting with a high pressing formation which centres around playing out from the back.

Mikel Arteta gives David Luiz injury update ahead of Manchester United and Dundalk

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed that David Luiz is still feeling discomfort from the injury that forced him off against Leicester.

The defender is unlikely to face Dundalk in the Europa League, and is also a doubt for the trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Sunday.

Arsenal have been able to welcome Shkodran Mustafi to the first-team fold, as the centre-back made his first appearance of the season as a substitute for Luiz.

And Arteta has cast doubt on the Brazilian defender returning in either of the next two matches.

“David is still having some discomfort in that area,” Arteta told reporters. “To play Dundalk there is no chance and it’s a big doubt for him to play at the weekend.

“I’ve been really happy with Musti since I joined and the progress that he’s made, the performances that he’s made.

“It’s true that he has a long term injury and he’s worked really hard to get back in that position where he is today and I just want him to show again the trust that we have in him and get the performances that we got in the past from him as well.

I think they were a few cases when we joined in that position. What we tried to do was help the players as much as possible, encourage them to ply with confidence, try to give them the right solutions and then it’s up to them to show with their performances where they are.”

 

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