Lee Dixon has told the Handbrake Off podcast that he hasn’t seen Arsenal’s new boy Willian have a ‘bad game’.
It has been a fine start to life in North London for Willian and Dixon was raving about the qualities the former Chelsea man has at his feet.
Whilst Willian, 32, wasn’t able to score and assist during Arsenal’s win against West Ham over the weekend, he certainly made himself heard on his Premier League debut against Fulham.
Dixon paid some high compliments to the versatile attacker and admitted that he’s glad Arsenal were able to bring him to the Emirates.
“I was dubious that we were able to get the deal over the line because as soon as I thought we were in for him, I was like ‘please sign him’,” Dixon told the Handbrake Off podcast.
“Even if you sign him on a three-year contract and you get a year out of him. He’s good enough for me. I don’t think I have seen him have a bad game.
“I watched Chelsea a lot. Every time he gets on the ball something’s going to [happen]. Even if he’s not playing particularly well, he will have a good game if that makes sense. He will make something happen at some point.
“What he does with defenders because he has that amazing ability to go from standing still to running past you with the ball instantly. His off-the-mark pace must be some of the best numbers in the Premier League – his delivery, his execution, free-kicks and energy. He’s worth it [the three-year contract].”
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One of Willian’s standout performances for Chelsea last season was his brace against Tottenham at their stadium, and it’s something the Arsenal fans will be hoping he can bring across to them.
Willian will perhaps always be one of those players who is under-appreciated and an individual whose stats perhaps don’t reflect the all-round qualities he has to his game.
For now, he has made a strong start under Mikel Arteta, and for one, the mood at the Emirates is one of excitement because it seems as though Pep Guardiola’s former right-hand man is bringing some of the magic over to Arsenal.