Willian’s imminent Arsenal exit means his three-year plan has failed.
As revealed by football.london, the attacking midfielder is set to become a Corinthians player and that deal could be announced as early as Monday – 24 hours before the summer transfer window closes.
Following talks with Arsenal technical director Edu, Willian made it clear he wanted to leave the club this summer despite only arriving on a free transfer a year ago after his contract at London rivals Chelsea had expired.
However, with the Gunners being unable to attract any suitors due to his huge wages – a reported £240,000-a-week – the Brazilian “wants to do the right thing” and is set to “walk away” from his contract that still has two years to run.
This decision will end up saving Arsenal around £20m, but it also highlights how manager Mikel Arteta’s plans for the attacking midfielder have gone awry in the space of 12 months.
Upon signing Willian, it was revealed that the Spaniard had a three-year plan which included Arsenal returning to the Champions League and also aiming to win it for the first time in their history.
“One of the reasons I wanted a three-year deal was to be part of a plan, not just a player passing through,” the Brazilian said, as per Sky Sports. “When I talked with the manager he told me why he needed me for three years.
“It was that he first wanted to qualify for the Champions League and win it by the time I left. That was what I wanted to hear.
“I was at Chelsea for seven years and won everything except the Champions League.
“Hopefully, this move will give me the trophy I haven’t got as well as another Premier League title.”
Not only will Willian leave Arsenal having not won another Premier League title as the Gunners finished in eighth place and 25 points behind champions Manchester City last season, but his decision to leave Chelsea has also backfired too.
The Blues’ 1-0 win against Man City sealed their second Champions League win and means they once again lifted the one trophy that has eluded the 33-year-old in English football.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are not in Europe at all this season and Willian’s exit is likely to be announced with them sitting bottom of the Premier League table after three games.
Source by Football London