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‘He’s rebuilding himself’ Arteta heaps praise on Willian

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Willian put in another impressive display for Arsenal, and Mikel Arteta says the forward is starting to show his true colors for the club.

Mikel Arteta believes Willian is beginning to show his true colors after a difficult start to life at Arsenal.

The Brazilian has failed to impress since his summer move from Chelsea on a free transfer.

Willian has fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal as a result but was handed his first Premier League start since December 19 against Leicester.

In midweek against Benfica, the ex-Chelsea man came off the bench to record a crucial assist that put the Gunners level against the Portuguese side.

Mikel Arteta described Willian as a game-changer, and once again echoes those comments.

The 32-year-old took his latest chance properly, finishing the 3-1 win with two assists.

Arteta thinks he is finally starting to show his true quality.

“He was really good,” Arteta said on Willian as per the club’s website.

“We’ve seen that in training the last few weeks. He’s rebuilding himself and he’s not accepted the situation.”

“I think he was the player who changed the game against Benfica in the last few moments when he came on, and today I think he was terrific.”

“The same with the other senior players. Laca, I think the way he played, Nico grew in the game and had a big impact as well.”

“Granit as well. A player who has played that many minutes, to play with the heart and the passion he showed in every action, I think it’s a great example for the rest of the players.”