Willian: Arsenal spell has been difficult, but I never doubted myself


illian has admitted that his first season at Arsenal has been “difficult” but says he never doubted his quality after finally scoring his first goal for the club.

The Brazilian struck Arsenal’s third in their 3-1 win over West Brom, which relegated Sam Allardyce‘s side, curling home a spectacular free-kick in the 90th minute.

Emile Smith Rowe and Nicolas Pepe had put the Gunners 2-0 up before half-time, while Matheus Pereira’s impressive solo goal in the 67th minute was not enough to spark a West Brom comeback.

Willian’s goal was his first since he joined from Chelsea on a free transfer last summer and came in his 37th appearance for the club.

The 32-year-old has come under fire for his performances and he admitted it has been a tough first year for him at Emirates Stadium.

“It was difficult, I am the first to admit that,” he said. “When I don’t play well, I am the first to criticise. Me and my family know how difficult it was for me this season.

“But I never doubt what I can bring to this team — my quality, what I can do — and I finally scored this beautiful goal. Let’s keeping going!

“[We scored] three fantastic goals and I am really happy with the performance and with the goal that I scored.”

After missing out on reaching the Europa League Final last week, this was a rather flat affair.

Mikel Arteta’s side remain ninth in the Premier League and any hope of qualifying for Europe looks a tall order given Spurs, in seventh, are four points ahead of them with three games to go.

Their youngsters, as has been the case all season, still excelled and it was fitting that Bukayo Saka and Smith Rowe combined for the opening goal. The strike was 20-year-old Smith Rowe’s first Premier League goal.

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