Arsenal star admits to being ‘frustrated’ with Mikel Arteta tactics

Arsenal summer signing Willian has opened up on how he feels playing under Mikel Arteta and why he is sometimes “frustrated”. Willian joined Arsenal on a free transfer in the summer from Chelsea and he’s been a regular in Arteta’s starting line-up since.

At Chelsea, Willian established himself as a consistent performer despite the numerous managerial changes.

During his seven years at Stamford Bridge, Willian played under five different managers.

But he was a favourite among both managers and fans and played a big part in their two Premier League titles during his spell at the club.

The Brazilian is now in a new environment at the Emirates with Arteta aiming to push Arsenal back up the table.

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The Arsenal boss is hoping Willian can provide the experience needed to help the club achieve their goals.

But Willian has admitted he is still getting used to the system under Arteta.

“It’s been a cool, new experience,” he told Globo Esporte.

“I hadn’t worked with a coach with that mindset.

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“The positional game doesn’t mean that you have no freedom on the pitch, you have the freedom to move, but many times you have to respect the position, what the coach asks, the instructions, understanding that it’ll be better for the team.

“It may happen that you don’t touch the ball and get frustrated, but Mikel always says that, wait a minute, the ball will arrive. I’ve been learning a lot.”

Speaking ahead of the new season, Arteta was full of praise for Willian following his summer switch across London.

The Gunners boss said at the time that he expects Willian to play a big part in their push for silverware.

“With all the conversations I’ve had with him, the thing that stands out is his ambition that he wants to be the man who can drive this team forward,” Arteta said.

“Another thing with him is he is always available. Last season at Chelsea, you can see the amount of games he has played.

“I am not concerned at all. We need some balance in this squad. We have some really young talent.

“We need some experienced players who can just put the shirt on and start performing.

“If he is able to perform at that level for another three years, I think he has a great chance of achieving that but time will tell.”

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