Legendary Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has urged Arsenal fans to be patient with Willian after the Brazilian’s slow start to life at The Emirates.
Willian signed for Arsenal on a free transfer from Chelsea in the summer window and despite being a regular fixture in the Arsenal team, has struggled to produce consistent performances.
The 32-year-old has made three assists and has failed to score in 11 Premier League games for Arsenal so far this season.
And former Evra has admitted that he has been surprised by the Brazilian’s slow start.
“I’m surprised because I understand at Chelsea he had a difficult time with [Jose] Mourinho, but what a talented player, what a wonderful player to watch,” Evra told Sky Sports on Sunday.
“I’m surprised because playing for Arsenal, you don’t have that kind of pressure.
“I understand why Arsenal fans criticise him but he can do much better than that, he surely will.
“Maybe you have to adapt to a new team, I don’t want to find any excuses but I’m behind Willian and he will do much better than what he is doing right now.”
Arsenal will hope to bounce back in the Premier League when they host Southampton at The Emirates on Wednesday night.
The north London side have lost four of their last five games in the top flight to leave them just five points above the relegation zone after 12 games of the new campaign.