Former Chelsea star is having a nightmare season at Arsenal and it could be because he never really wanted to leave the club. Brazilian winger, Willian, left the Blues this season after seven seasons with the club. He went on to join their London rivals, Arsenal, but he is yet to find the same form that he used to boast at the Stamford Bridge. With the season not going well at all for the Gunners and Willian unable to help them out, one must ask why the Brazilian left in the first place.
Arsenal star reveals why he left his former club although he did not want to
In a recent interview with UOL Esporte, the 32-year-old revealed that he did not want to actually leave his former side but due to disagreements on his contract length, the decision had to be made. He mentioned that he wanted a longer contract length but Chelsea would not offer him that. Additionally, he had some great conversations with Mikel Arteta and David Luiz also influenced his move to the rival side. He said in the interview,
I didn’t leave the club with a fight, I left the doors open. Everyone knew the conditions, I really wanted to stay.”
“We ended up not finding an agreement, I ended up asking for three years, Chelsea wanted to give two, and everyone knows this story. That’s why I ended up leaving.” – Source Goal
He went on to say that it was a difficult decision to make, considering the fierce rivalry between the two sides but it was something that had to be done and it was the right move for his family as well as it allowed them to continue living in London. However, he has not fared quite well with his new club and after 26 games, he is yet to score his first goal for the club and he has only managed to get four assists. He joined the Gunners as he was promised a new philosophy by Arteta, one which would allow them to win the Premier League and UEFA Champions League again.
However, as it stands they are nowhere near accomplishing those goals. Arsenal are currently in the bottom half of the table and could go on to make a disastrous finish with no European football next season. They are doing quite well in the Europa League, however, and they will be hoping to finally lift that trophy this season, after reaching the finals in the 2018-19 season but not succeeding.
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