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Willian hit back at the English media on Friday, after they twisted his praise for Mikel Arteta to come off more like criticism.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Willian of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Sheffield United at Emirates Stadium on October 04, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Willian of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match on October 04, 2020. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth – Pool/Getty Images)

Arsenal summer signing Willian spoke to the Brazilian media this week about working under Mikel Arteta. Unfortunately, he found his words distorted and twisted to make negative-sounding headlines from an undeniably positive interview.

Below is a photo of the Daily Mail’s headline and tweet promoting their article. I’m not providing a link, because that’s what they want me to do. Don’t look it up, we’ll provide the quotes for you in this piece.

Misleading tweet and headline from the Daily Mail on Willian
Misleading tweet and headline from the Daily Mail on Willian

In Willian’s response on Instagram, he includes screenshots of the Express, the Mirror, Metro, The Sun, and the Daily Star, all carrying similarly misleading headlines.

He writes that his comments were “clearly praise and positivity” about Arteta’s coaching style, but “bizarrely twisted to appear as criticism”. He suggests the newspapers “find better translators or be more honest and ethical in their work”.

The genuine quotes from Willian were as follows: “It’s been a great experience and a new one for me. I’ve not worked with a coach with this way of thinking before.

“The positional games doesn’t mean you don’t have freedom on the pitch, but a lot of the time you need to respect the position, what the manager asks for, his instructions, knowing that it’s what’s best for the team.

“A player might not see that much of the ball and get frustrated, but that’s what Mikel always tells us, ‘just wait a bit, the ball will come’. I’ve been learning a lot.”

Once again, I want to emphasise that you shouldn’t go to these publications to complain about them directly. That just gets them the hits they want.

Go and like Willian’s post, share this article, consider blocking or muting their accounts on social media. Help provide the damage to their reputations without also giving them the hits on their site. That’s the only way we encourage them to stop.