Willian snaps showing £200k-a-week flop’s pot belly leave Arsenal fan ‘in tears’

Arsenal fans have been left baffled by Willian's physique during their disappointing pre-season defeat the hands of Hibernian this week – with one supporter claiming to be 'in tears'.

The Gunners lost 2-1 following a blunder from Arthur Okonkwo on his senior debut, with Daniel MacKay grabbing another before Emile Smith Rowe's consolation goal with 10 minutes remaining.

While stars such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah were handed starts, Willian caught the eye of spectators for the wrong reasons early on.

Following just one goal across his 37 appearances for the club last season, some Arsenal fans have questioned the role he should have this time out, and the initial reaction hasn't been good.

After seeing the 32-year-old with a slightly larger figure than they were used to, the reaction of fans on social media was somewhat disbelief.

One said alongside a snap of the winger: "There are real tears in my eyes."

With a second adding: "Willian is clearly retiring soon.. what's happening to the once upon a time a deadly winger."

With a third saying: "Good evidence of Willian supporting his restaurant."

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Mikel Arteta defended his signing back in May by saying: "First of all we signed a player with an incredible talent, a proven talent and performance level in this league.

"This season has been difficult and I take full responsibility because I have to be the one getting the best out of him and we had moments but not to the level that he did before.

“This is an assessment that we will do individually with the players and with Edu, the board and the ownership to make the right decisions for the future.”

And said of his side in general following Tuesday's defeat: "I'm always disappointed when we lose a football match but it is the first game, we played with many kids and we only had four training sessions.

"We've trained really hard and you could see that the players were a little bit leggy. I think we conceded the first goal, an accident, and the second goal was clearly offside.

"We created many, many chances but we didn't score. That's what pre-season is for, to take the things that we haven't done well into a training session and then improve."

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