Arsenal star Willian has been slammed by Gabriel Agbonlahor in the wake of his poor performance against Southampton on Saturday. The Brazil international has failed to live up to expectations at the Emirates Stadium since arriving from Chelsea on a free transfer. And Agbonlahor thinks the Samba star is lucky no supporters are currently allowed inside stadiums.
Arsenal were poor against Southampton on Saturday, with Mikel Arteta’s side flat in defeat at St Mary’s.
And Willian was one of the worst players on the pitch, with the Brazil international producing an anonymous performance.
It was the latest bad display from the Brazil international, who only arrived from Chelsea on a free transfer back in the summer.
And talkSPORT pundit Agbonlahor thinks Willian should consider himself lucky no fans are currently allowed inside stadiums, saying: “Players like Willian are getting away with the fact there are no fans because I know what Arsenal fans are like.
“They would be giving the treatment that Xhaka got at certain times because of the way he’s not interested and not doing anything for the team.
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“The intention and willingness is there and after the decision making, the final pass is the end product and that’s the hardest thing in football. We’re going to keep supporting them as much as we can.”
Former Arsenal star Paul Merson also expressed his disappointment with the Gunners’ result against Southampton, criticising Arteta for playing a weaker team.
“I don’t know what he’s doing, they’re not going to win the league, they’re not going to get in the top four of the Premier League unless they went on one of the best runs in the history of the league,” he told Sky Sports.
“This is the one that made Arteta last time around, he came to Arsenal, he had a great semi-final and a great final [in the FA Cup].
“And I honestly can’t believe it, this is a more important game than the midweek league game.
“They’re not getting relegated and they’re not getting in the top four.
“You don’t really want to end up getting sixth or whatever again and then you play in the Europa League on Thursdays, that just sends them back.
“So for me, bad decision.”