Arsenal have confirmed the exit of Willian, who has now joined Brazilian club Corinthians on a free transfer.
The former Brazil international, who still had two years remaining on his Gunners deal, reached a mutual agreement with the north London club to terminate his contract.
Arsenal released a statement on their official website on Monday evening to confirm the former Chelsea winger’s departure from the Emirates Stadium.
The statement read: “He had two more years to run on his contract but following positive and constructive recent discussions with him and his team, he will be leaving for a new opportunity with Corinthians in Brazil, where he began his career.”
According to Sky Sports, Willian will be saving Arsenal around £20million by walking away from his three-year contract with the club.
The 33-year-old was reported to be among the higher earners at the Gunners, but has now walked away from the club following an unsuccessful spell.
The report claims that Arsenal directors were “amazed” by Willian’s gesture, and some of the club’s fan base have taken to Twitter to wish the winger all the best as he returns to his home country.
Willian might not be the only Arsenal player to leave the club before the transfer deadline at 11pm on Tuesday, with the likes of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson, Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah and Hector Bellerin all being linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium.
Speaking about possible exits last week, manager Mikel Arteta revealed departures “are planned” before Tuesday’s cut-off point.
Arteta said: “I don’t know what will happen. A few days to go. Some exits are planned.
“As you say, this [Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac leaving] is speculation.
“While they are here we try to treat everybody as good as we can, give them minutes.
“They have incredible attitude so when we can reward them with minutes because they deserve that.”
Source by Football London