“I don’t say it’s unfair” – Mikel Arteta refuses to say criticism of Arsenal transfer flop is unjustified

According to the Guardian, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta stated that he doesn’t feel it is unfair the Gunners summer signing Willian faces criticism.

Willian joins in the summer from Chelsea, and was somewhat a good servant, but the West London side allowed the Brazilian attacker go for free and join their London rivals, after having a policy of only offering short-term deals to players over the age of 30.

But since the arrival of the player to the Emirates he has been woeful, registering only 3 assists with no goals in all competition from 18 appearances, prompting the supporters to criticise him heavily.

Speaking in an interview quoted by the Guardian, the Arsenal manager supports the fans and says he doesn’t feel it is unreasonable not to do so.

“I don’t say it’s unfair because expectations are really high in terms of the goals he can score, the assists he can create.”

“You expect him to be in the starting line-up, so it is normal that people write things about him.”

“What he is doing, the way he is training, the way he is working and the way he is pushing to give everything at the team, is what I demand. Whether he is more or less successful in the game is another matter. It will come, with the quality he has.”

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