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Willian admits he ‘wasn’t happy at Arsenal’

Willian says he ‘wasn’t happy’ at Arsenal and ‘returning to Brazil was best option’ after Corinthians move

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By  Jake Lambourne

Arsenal flop Willian has revealed he ‘wasn’t happy’ at the club after penning an emotional return to Corinthians.

The 33-year-old joined the Gunners on a free transfer last year, but failed to live up to expectations after scoring just once in 37 games in all competitions.

Willian has opened up on his failed move to Arsenal after returning to Corinthians

Willian has opened up on his failed move to Arsenal after returning to Corinthians Credit: Getty

And having fallen out of favour under Mikel Arteta, the ex-Chelsea star terminated his contract at the Emirates last month, despite having two years left to run.

In doing so, Willian saved the club around £20million after walking away from his £220,000-a-week deal to return to his native Brazil.

Willian started off his professional career at Corinthians in 2006, before departing for Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk a year later.

The two-time Premier League winner has now addressed his failed move to Arsenal where he spoke of his struggles.

“Unfortunately, my time at Arsenal was not good, I wasn’t happy at the club.

“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.”

Arsenal technical director Edu has also discussed Willian’s stay at the club, where he claimed that the winger wasn’t ‘comfortable’.

“And then he mentioned to us he is not 100 per cent comfortable, and when we heard that we made the decision that we did not want a player here who is not 100 per cent comfortable, who is not 100 per cent with the team.”

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