Former Arsenal winger Willian revealed that he wanted to leave Arsenal just three months after joining on a free transfer from Chelsea. Willian won two Premier League titles with the Blues as well as an FA Cup and League Cup. He made the shift to the other side of London hoping to help Mikel Arteta but his journey was far from ideal. The Brazilian made just 16 appearances last season and decided to mutually terminate his contract.
“I wasn’t happy, I wasn’t happy. That’s why I didn’t perform. I don’t want to go into the details,” Former Arsenal winger Willian said. “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 said to my agent: ‘Please, I want to go’. I don’t want to speak badly about the club, because it is a big club. Arsenal has a big history. In football, big players played there before as well. But it didn’t work, it didn’t work. It was, of course, the most difficult time of my career.”
“It was big money that I gave up. But sometimes money is not the most important thing in life. I think you need to be happy, get pleasure every day waking up in the morning to go to train. I wasn’t having that.” he added. “So I said to myself, with my family, I cannot stay here, I am not happy here. I have to leave, find a way out, leave the club because if I stay I am going to stay the same. For me, it’s unfair to stay in a place where you don’t want to stay just because of the money. For me, it was that.”