Brazilian footballer Willian has left Arsenal only after playing for one season at Emirates Stadium despite the fact that it has two years left on it. Willian has agreed to terminate his Arsenal contract on mutual consent and is set to return home with a football transfer to Corinthians.
In 2020 Willian left Chelsea to join London rivals Arsenal on a free transfer, signing a three-year contract at Emirates Stadium. The 33-year-old played in 37 games across all competitions for the Gunners during the 2020-21 season and scored one goal on 27 shots. He did assist on seven goals for teammates, easily exceeding his expected assist total of 3.14, two of which came from dead-ball situations.
On the other hand, after the turn of the year, Willian only made four Premier League starts as Mikel Arteta went with different options in his team. Willian agreed to terminate a contract that was set to expire in 2023 after what the club described as “positive and constructive” discussions between all parties in football news.
“Everyone at Arsenal wishes Willian and his family well for the future,” Arsenal said in a statement, adding he was heading for a “new opportunity” with Corinthians, the club where he started his professional career.
In a statement, the Gunners 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.”
Willian took to social media to explain the reasons behind his departure and express his regret that things did not work out for him at Arsenal. “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,” he said.
“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 judgment on 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.”