Willian reveals why he agreed to leave Arsenal and tear up his 240k per week contract
Willian’s tricky Arsenal spell
Willian’s move across London from Chelsea to Arsenal was a disaster.
Brought in as a free agent, it was thought that he would add some attacking flair to Mikel Arteta’s side, who had just won the FA cup, beating Chelsea in the final.
12 months into a three year, 240k per week contract, however, Willian left Arsenal to join Brazilian side Corinthians.
It was a stint at Arsenal that didn’t work out for either party, despite hope flowing when the Chelsea man provided three assists on debut against Fulham. However, his only Premier League goal came eight months later, in a 3-1 win over West Brom.
By that point, the emergence of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, as well as the addition of Odegaard, had seen him slip down the pecking order, and he felt it was time to leave.
But why did he tear up his contract?
Willian reveals all
Now, speaking on Rio Ferdinand’s Youtube channel, the 33 year old winger revealed just why he chose to leave the club. Quizzed on his time in north London, Willian revealed:
“I was unhappy, that’s why I didn’t perform”
“I don’t want to go into the details but I wasn’t happy. When I arrived there I was happy, from the beginning I was motivated, I wanted to do well. New club, new mates, new project. But after three months, I say to my agent “Please, I want to go”.
The Brazilian added: “it didn’t work, it was the most difficult time of my career”
Then, asked about his contract, Willian claimed:
“It was big, big money that I gave up, but money is not the most important thing in life, I think you need to be happy, to get pleasure every day, waking up in the morning thinking “let’s go to training” and I wasn’t having that feeling.
“For me, it’s unfair to stay in a place that you don’t want to stay just because of the money”
Now back in Brazil and seemingly enjoying his football, it appears he and Arsenal made the right choice to part ways.
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