Paul Merson thinks Arsenal winger Willian “looks lost” at the north London club following his move from Chelsea in the summer transfer window.
Signed on a free transfer from London rivals Chelsea in the summer, Willian hit the ground running in Arsenal red when he provided two assists on his debut in a routine win at Fulham.
But he has yet to get on the scoresheet for the Gunners and has failed to provide a Premier League assist since his fine display at Craven Cottage
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Merson told Sky Sports: “I think I’m seeing things at the moment. Willian was unbelievable at Chelsea last year. For me, he was probably one of the best Chelsea players. He was phenomenal – an outstanding talent.
“He has gone to Arsenal and he looks lost. They have got to get him performing.”
And Merson reckons it’s time for Mikel Arteta to move Willian’s team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – who has also been struggling this term – into a more central role.
Merson added: “When Aubameyang is out on the wing, he can go 15 minutes without touching the ball.
“You can’t have your star player going that long without touching the ball. How many goals would Jamie Vardy get for Leicester if you played him out on the left wing? Not as many as he gets now, that’s for sure.
“Defences are starting to work him out. They are starting to nullify the threat from him from out wide and making life hard for him.
“They are stopping the cut inside and shot into the far corner. Something has got to change. At the moment, he’s not seeing enough of the ball where it matters.”