Martin Keown says Willian is playing with goal again after ‘mourning’ his exit from Chelsea.
The Brazilian winger was signed by Arsenal on a free transfer last summer but has been disappointing in north London.
The 32-year-old hasn’t scored any goals and has four assists in 19 Premier League appearances, two of those assists coming in the season opener.
He impressed in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Leicester last weekend, collecting an assist to keep Arsenal on an away chance to finish in the top four.
The Gunners are currently tenth and are eight points behind West Ham in sixth, with fourth place Chelsea two points down.
Arsenal legend Keown said Willian chose the easy options in the games.
He told White and Jordan on talkSPORT, “All I want is for the players to perform at their best. When you run with the ball, there is nothing more demanding. When you try to ask your opponent questions, you are testing yourself.
“It’s too easy to fire someone and say ‘you do it’. That’s what Willian did.
“It zips up, it’s fast, it’s a flash shine, change of pace – let’s see it. Do it!
“I saw him the other day and I was like ‘hallelujah’. Why did we have to wait so long? I think he was crying a little bit about leaving Chelsea and he came out and said: ‘Well I had no idea I had left Chelsea and wanted to stay at Chelsea’.
“It’s good, get this out, now let’s play.” You play for Arsenal right now. The first time I saw this on the weekend.
Keown also praised Kieran Tierney, who has been one of Arsenal’s best players this season.
He added: “I just love his determination and the way he chooses the team. I think it’s part of the new culture the manager is trying to create.
“The goal he scored in the Europa League was the signal to get back into the game. He’s a really determined character and I think they can build around him.
“We heard earlier from Carlos (Carvalhal) that you don’t want to depend on just one player.”