The father of Arsenal star Willian has effectively signed the death knell on the star’s career at Emirates Stadium with a strongly-worded admission over the player’s frustrations.
The 33-year-old has no future at the Emirates Stadium after being told he is not part of Mikel Arteta’s plans. He joined the Gunners last summer following seven seasons with London rivals Chelsea. But despite being a mainstay of the Blues side over 339 games, he has failed to hit the heights for Arsenal.
The Brazil international made only 16 starts among 25 Premier League appearances and scored just one goal. While never prolific for the west Londoners, he did net 63 times, including 37 in the league.
Niggling injuries hampered his progress last term but he was unable to reproduce his Chelsea form. The South American was linked with an exit as soon as the season ended in May.
Indeed, it emerged on Monday evening that Willian was closing on a return back to his homeland with Corinthians. Willian started his career there, before moving to Europe, first with Shakhtar Donetsk and then Anzhi Makhachkala.
Willian has two years left on his Arsenal deal worth £100,000 a week. As such, he’ll need to take a dramatic pay-cut to secure the return to Corinthians.
As such, it was reported that Willian was still hoping to play on in Europe should another suitor materialise.
However, speaking to Arena SBT (via Sport Witness), the player’s father has suggested the move to Corinthians now looks his best option. .
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