Willian wants to leave Arsenal this summer and seal a return to Chelsea.
That is according to Sky Sports, who have reported that the Brazilian is understood to be keen to consider a new challenge despite only arriving at the Emirates Stadium on a free transfer from the Blues just last summer.
Willian was allowed to depart Stamford Bridge after the club refused to meet his demands over a new three-year contract.
Arsenal’s stance was different as the 32-year-old signed a deal until 2023 to become Mikel Arteta’s third permanent signing following deals for defensive duo Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares.
Willian actually enjoyed an impressive debut for the Gunners, recording multiple assists in a 3-0 win over Fulham on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season.
However, he was not able to build on that showing and only scored his first goal in Arsenal colours against West Bromwich Albion in his 37th appearance across all competitions.
But if reports are to be believed, Willian’s time in north London could be brief with a number of clubs in Europe, along with MLS side Inter Miami, working hard to sign him.
Although, Sky Sports News claim that a return to Stamford Bridge would be his number one choice.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise as Willian opened up about his move earlier in the year and revealed his decision wasn’t an easy one as he didn’t necessarily push to leave Chelsea.
“It was difficult to make that decision, it wasn’t easy. Because, as you said, the rivalry between the two clubs is very big. It wasn’t an easy decision to leave Chelsea for Arsenal, “Willian told UOL, as per Sport Witness.
“It was well thought out, a thoughtful decision, talking to my wife and even the agent many times
“And one of the things that made me decide to go to Arsenal was really the various conversations I had with Mikel Arteta, with Edu too. They convinced me to go there that it’d be a really cool project, that it’d be really good for me to be able to go there.
“That I’d be a very important player in the squad. That they wanted to change the philosophy of the club, to make it possible for Arsenal to fight again in the Premier League, to play in the Champions League again.
“So there were several conversations I had, several conversations that ended up pleasing me, so that’s why I ended up making this decision. But it really wasn’t easy to make that decision, it had to be well thought out.
“Look, I think some fans asked this question. But the majority understood because I didn’t leave the club with a fight, I left the doors open.
“Everyone knew the conditions, I really wanted to stay. We ended up not finding an agreement, I ended up asking for three years, Chelsea wanted to give two, and everyone knows this story. That’s why I ended up leaving.”
Source by Football London