Mikel Arteta has said that Willian is rebuilding himself as he is starting to show what he can do for the club. According to the boss, the Brazilian has shown improvement in training in recent weeks.
The winger was one of the top performers at the King Power on Sunday in our comeback victory.
He assisted both Luiz and Pepe’s goals and contributed excellently to the all round play. This is on the back of an impressive performance against Benfica, in which he registered an assist.
“He was really good,” Arteta told his post-game press conference.
“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.”
In a BT Sport interview, Alex Lacazette, highlighted the importance of the senior players taking charge more often. The forward scored from the penalty spot.
Mikel Arteta agreed with the striker in his own interview with the BT.
“If you have to put an example on that pitch about character and about going for every single goal with that determination, then probably it’s him [Xhaka],” he said.“He’s played more minutes than anybody else but he keeps going, even when he is so tired. He tries to help the team in the right way and the same like with David [Luiz].“For someone like him, at his age, to play again quickly after the game we had to play against Benfica, it was tough. But they had the real attitude that they wanted to be involved, they wanted to play and that’s how they approach every game.”