Willian has sent a message to Arsenal supporters after his exit from the north London club was confirmed.
The Brazilian winger still had two years remaining on his deal at the Gunners, but terminated the contract as he embarks on a new chapter in his career.
The experienced wide man played at Arsenal for just one season following a free transfer from Chelsea, but things were far from ideal for Willian.
The former Blues star struggled to cement a spot in the first team under Mikel Arteta and failed to impress when on the pitch.
According to numerous reports, Willian stepping away from north London now is set to save Arsenal around £20million in the long run, with the winger being among the higher earners at the club during his time at the Emirates Stadium.
Now, after his return to Brazil was confirmed, Willian has sent a detailed message to the Gunners fan base via his Instagram page.
The statement read: “I would like to thank Arsenal for the opportunity they have given to me and for the warm welcome received by everybody at the club.
“Unfortunately things on the pitch didn’t go the way we had all planned and hoped, I received a lot of criticism especially from some members of the press that I had come here for financial reasons.
“I hope with my actions today explain to those people and they now understand that was not the case.
“I hope it teaches some people that they should not be so quick to pass judgement and create bad environments to make themselves important even though I accept that’s part of the game.
“All my career I have done everything to be the best I can be. I always want to win and I find it hard to accept not doing so. Unfortunately it didn’t happen for me at Arsenal and I am sorry about that.
“I came to England in 2013 and I have enjoyed every minute of my time here. I want to thank everyone who has helped me along the way to play in this wonderful league that is full of heart and spirit.”
Source by Football London