Paul Merson tells Arteta to drop Willian for Chelsea clash

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Former Chelsea star Willian joined Arsenal as a free agent during the summer transfer window, and while the Brazilian had a good debut outing, his performances since then had been below par.

Willian has failed to perform for Mikel Arteta’s side this season, and the Gunners have been struggling so far this term.

Willian will now face his former side, as Arsenal play host to Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, and former Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes that it’s time for Williian to be dropped.

Merson told Sky Sports: “He’s been shocking. I’m a big fan of Willian and at Chelsea he was unbelievable.

“At times, he was unplayable but he is a shadow of his former self and I don’t know what it is.

“He’s the only one you can ask and again it must come down to confidence. I’m not sure he will play. He’s had enough chances to play, more than the other younger players.

“Arsenal’s big-name players haven’t been performing over the past six weeks or so and this is the problem Arteta has been having.

“[Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang scored the other day, but he’s not really looked like scoring. His body language hasn’t been great, Nicolas Pepe is not even starting all the time and Willian just looks like he’s being carried.”

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