Mikel Arteta has praised Willian for his role in helping Arsenal come back from behind on their 32nd Europa League match against Benfica.
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The Gunners were beaten on the night and on aggregate after Diogo Goncalves ‘free kick and Rafa Silva’s attack after Dani Ceballos’ big mistake canceled Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s starter.
With the prospect of his team advancing to the next round, it seems Arteta is getting thinner and then turning to Willian compared to players Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette as his first trade that night.
In a few minutes the Brazilian helped Kieran Tierney who made it 2-2 on the night and 3-3 on aggregate.
And now the Arsenal manager has chosen the former Chelsea winger to be praised after a win emerged at crucial moments for the Gunners’ season.
“Willian specifically I think he changed the game,” he said of the Brazilian’s appearance.