I wasn’t happy at the club’ – Willian opens up on his Arsenal nightmare after terminating his £220,000-a-week contract

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Willian has opened up on his difficult Arsenal spell which forced him to terminate his contract.


The Brazilian winger signed a three-year contract, worth £220,000-a-week, with the Gunners last summer after leaving Chelsea on a free transfer but failed to live up to expectations.

Willian managed just one goal and five assists in 37 games across all competitions in the 2020-2021 campaign. He did not feature in any of Arsenal’s opening three games of this season before the club terminated his contract by mutual consent on August 30.


The Brazilian has since re-join Corinthians in Brazil, where he started his career.

With his move to the Brazilian club now confirmed, Willian has spoken out on his struggles at Arsenal.

‘I really thought a lot, together with my family and close people. Unfortunately, my time at Arsenal was not good, I wasn’t happy at the club,’ Willian told TV Corinthians.

‘I don’t need to go into details, but I wasn’t happy and I thought that returning to Brazil was the best option.

‘I studied some other opportunities, but I wanted to return to Corinthians, to my home, to be close to my family. It’s the club that projected me to the world, revealed me. The right time to come back was this.’

The move ended Willian eight-year stay in England, where he won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup crown, and the 2018-19 Europa League while at Chelsea.

In a statement, Arsenal said: ‘We have reached a mutual agreement with Willian to terminate his contract effective from today.

‘The Brazil international joined us from Chelsea last August and made 38 appearances during the 2020/21 campaign.


‘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.


‘Everyone at Arsenal wishes Willian and his family well for the future.’

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