|Arsenal's Willian confesses his frustration at online abuses and once considered deleting his social media accounts. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
Arsenal player Willian has admitted he has been afraid to go online after matches and has considered deleting his social media accounts as a result of online abuse.
When asked to describe his reaction to seeing personal abuse, Willian said: "Straight away, I want to delete my social media accounts. I have seen some people are deleting their social media because of racism and the abuse. But then when you think, take a few minutes and relax a little bit more [it changes]. But the first reaction is to delete."
If they want to criticize me, what I'm doing inside the pitch, if I have to play better, if I have to train more, I will accept. But when they come to attack you with horrible words, your family, that's not good. We have to stop it and try a way to stop it.
The Brazilian is yet to score in 30 appearances for the club and has fallen down the pecking order behind emerging duo Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe in addition to January loan signing Martin Odegaard.
Arsenal face Slavia Prague in Thursday's Europa League quarterfinal first leg and must plan without key defender Kieran Tierney, who is now facing a fight to play again this season and make Scotland's Euro 2020 squad.