Willian set to leave Arsenal after only one season with the club

Toby Bowles
Willian Arsenal

Willian will leave Arsenal this summer after just one year at the club, according to reports.

The Brazilian joined last August having run down his contract at Chelsea, allowing the Gunners to secure his services for free in what was seen as an astute piece of business at the time.

He has not had the impact many expected, however, managing only one goal and five assists in 25 appearances.

In fact, he has become a source of ridicule from the fans, and the 32-year-old is now reconsidering his future at the club, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

He has two years left on his contract but, given Willian’s performances this season, Arsenal may be tempted into accepting any bids that come their way.

Romano wrote on Twitter: “After David Luiz, also Willian is expected to leave Arsenal this summer.

“There’s interest from European clubs and from MLS – Inter Miami wanted him last summer. Arsenal are waiting for official bids.”

The winger is reportedly on £200,000 a week at Arsenal, meaning it will be difficult to find clubs willing to accommodate his wage demands.

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Willian did, however, open his account for Arsenal against West Bromwich Albion last week, whipping a sublime free-kick into the top corner to seal a 3-1 victory.

Speaking to BT Sport after that game, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said of the three goalscorers (Willian, Emile Smith Rowe, and Nicolas Pepe): “It’s the first Premier League goal for Emile. So we are demanding him standards here.

“He’s playing at a top club and because he’s done well, when we look at those demands he hasn’t done that enough and we cannot pull those demands.

“Willi we have to, because he’s done it in the past and we have to demand it much more.

“Same with Nico, he needs to do that in a more consistent way. But with the young kids, patience.”

In his post-match press conference, he added: “Willian has done it in the past.

“That’s the big difference. He’s done it for many years and achieved big things in the game. Somehow this season we haven’t managed to get the best out of him.”