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Former Chelsea star Willian, has struggled since he left the club for Arsenal as a free agent during the summer transfer window.
The Brazilian has even lost his place in the Arsenal first team under Mikel Arteta, but the Spaniard finally singled out the under-fire Willian for praise after he played a key part in Arsenal’s comeback win over Benfica on Thursday.
The Gunners came back from a goal down to win 3-2 on the night against Benfica, and 4-3 on aggregate, with Willian playing a key role.
Willian came on as a substitute just after Benfica’s second goal, and soon assisted Kieran Tierney for the equaliser. Bukayo Saka then crossed for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to nod in a late winner.
Arteta was pleased with Willian’s display as he finally told reporters: “Willian specifically, I think he changed the game. He gave us much more composure in moments, produced some creativity, produced the goal for Kieran and we need everybody on board.”