Willian broke the rule against traveling during this period, as he jetted out to Dubai. The government has placed an embargo on all forms of travels except essential ones. But the Brazilian didn’t care. Arteta has confirmed that he has spoken with the midfielder.
When quizzed on the situation, Arteta seemed to have forgiven and forgotten as he pointed out the fact that Covid-19 is testing everyone’s resolve, as well as footballers. Willian is said to have justified the trip by claiming he had image-rights-related business to take care of.
“We had a conversation and I explained what I expected,” the Spaniard told his pre-Leeds press conference.
“There are a lot of personal factors at the moment and as well from our side, we need to be in their shoes.
“A lot of players are having different issues, like any person out there and sometimes they make decisions based on the needs of the moment, or what people are expecting from them.
“Whether they are right or wrong, it’s a thing that we have to discuss. But it’s been dealt with in the right way so let’s move on.”
He added: “Whatever happens internally with any issues or things that we don’t expect, as always we will try to resolve them internally. That’s been dealt with and explained, and we move on.”