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Arteta issues a challenge to Willian after first Arsenal goal

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Willian opened his goal account for Arsenal in his 37th appearance to help bag an important win over West Brom.

Mikel Arteta has challenged Willian to show his quality more often after the winger scored his first goal for the club.

Willian opened his goal account for Arsenal by curling in a late free-kick on Sunday to wrap up a 3-1 win over West Brom in the Premier League.

It was the Brazilian’s 37th appearance for the Gunners since arriving from Chelsea on a free transfer last year. He didn’t quite make the same impact as Bukayo Saka or Emile Smith Rowe but hit the nail on the head when it really mattered.

Now Arteta hopes to see more of Willian’s best form on a regular basis.

“Willi, we have to [demand high standards] because he’s done it in the past and we have to demand it much more,” the Gunners boss told BT Sport.

“Willian has done it in the past. That’s the big difference.

“He’s done it for many years and achieved big things in the game. Somehow this season we haven’t managed to get the best out of him.”

“It’s true that he had some spells that we could see highlights of things he can do and today was a good example of that.”

Willian will hope to build on his first Arsenal goal ahead of Wednesday’s trip to former Chelsea in the Premier League.