Kevin Campbell believes it is ‘unfair’ to single out Willian for criticism when the whole Arsenal team are playing so poorly.
The Brazilian has struggled to make an impact since moving to the Emirates on a free transfer in the summer.
Willian was largely a success over his seven-year stint at previous club Chelsea but has not been able to replicate that form.
Gunners legend Tony Adams branded the signing of the 32-year-old winger as ‘lazy recruitment’ and claimed Arsene Wenger ‘wouldn’t have even considered’ recruiting Willian if he was still in charge at the north London club.
Mikel Arteta’s side are on a torrid run of form having not won a Premier League games since beating Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford on November 1.
And though Campbell accepts that Willian has been sub-par, he believes that it’s unjust to aim criticism at only one player.
‘He will admit that himself.
‘It is unfair to single him out because Arsenal are not playing well. Everyone seems to be mentioning Willian but it is a collective problem. It is not just one player.
‘When one player is having a tough time, other players can help them out but we are not playing well enough at the moment. We cannot help him through it. It is a difficult time for him.
‘I understand there is a frustration among the fans. It is only natural when the team is playing this badly.’