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‘He has nothing to prove’ Luiz backs under-fire Willian at Arsenal

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Amid struggles for form and consistency, David Luiz has backed compatriot Willian to come good for Arsenal in no time.

David Luiz says Willian has got nothing to prove despite his struggles upfront since his move to Arsenal.

The Gunners were supposedly getting a steal off their rivals when they signed the Brazilian from Chelsea in the summer of 2020.

After seven years at Chelsea, Willian, who won two Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge, moved to the north half of London.

So far, the 32-year-old is yet to do anything of note in a Gunners jersey and has even come under intense criticism from the fans.

Till date, Willian has only three assists in 22 total appearances for Arsenal and they came on his debut against Fulham back in September 2020.

The former Chelsea man has struggled since then but has now received backing from teammate and fellow Brazilian David Luiz.

“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.”

“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].”