‘I wasn’t happy’: Willian reflects on Arsenal stint after completing Corinthians move

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Former Arsenal midfielder Willian has revealed that the reason he decided to leave Arsenal to rejoin his boyhood club Corinthians was how displeased he was at the English club.

Willian came to the Emirates Stadium in 2020 on a free transfer. The Brazilian agreed to receive a whopping £220,000-a-week and stay with the club for three years, but a series of failures saw him off after one season.

His national team and Arsenal mate, David Luiz, had defended Willian after the attacking midfielder was criticized for his lack of goal-scoring abilities. Luiz said that Willian will get back to his best once he settles well at the club.

In his 37 total appearances for Arsenal, the former Chelsea man scored only one goal. His on-field struggles were quite evident on the field.

In a recent interview after parting ways with Mikel Arteta, Willian said: “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.”

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