Willian has admitted to having the toughest time of his professional career at Arsenal since leaving Premier League rivals Chelsea after seven years last summer.
The Brazil international winger raised eyebrows when he outlined Champions League glory as his dream for the Gunners, and subsequently failed to build on a fine debut against Fulham.
While Mikel Arteta has seen some improvement in the performances of the 32-year-old in recent months, the player himself is glad to be back looking like himself on the pitch.
So far this season the former Shakhtar Donetsk and Corinthians forward has managed no goals but five assists across 21 league outings, two of which coming across his last three appearances.
Willian told ESPN Brazil: “It really was a very difficult start, apart from that first game against Fulham, where I had a good performance, I managed to make a good game.
“Even after that game there were some games that we won, I even had a good game, but then we ended up getting a bad streak.
“I also got a bad streak and I think my worst professional time to date, since I went up at Corinthians and was sold to Ukraine, then I arrived at Chelsea.
“Without a doubt. This phase that passed now was the worst time that I think I lived as a professional.”
“Of course, when you live in a difficult moment, you get really upset and try to find solutions, a way to improve, try to help the team. That’s what I’ve been doing all this time, I never stopped training, to work, to dedicate myself as much as possible.
“It took a little while to leave, but lately in the last games I’ve been playing well again, standing out with assists, playing well. So I’m happy to be back to find my good football.”
Arteta said last month: "He is a player who we all like.
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"His team-mates like him and we were expecting many more things from him since he joined but for many different reasons he hasn't found his best performances.
"But hopefully Thursday's performance (against Benfica) is going to give him the platform and belief that he is a really important player – he is a player I really like and I did a lot to bring him in and hopefully he can still give us more.”
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