Willian’s time as an Arsenal player could be short-lived.
The 32-year-old arrived at the Emirates Stadium on a free transfer last summer after his contract at London rivals Chelsea expired and enjoyed an impressive debut, recording multiple assists in a 3-0 win over Fulham on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season.
However, the Brazilian has not been able to build on that showing, and only scored his first goal in Arsenal colours against West Bromwich Albion in his 37th appearance across all competitions.
But if reports are to be believed, Willian won’t have too many more chances to add to that tally.
According to The Athletic, the attacking midfielder is one of at least five senior Arsenal players to have made a ‘transfer decision’ ahead of the summer window.
Having signed the Brazilian to a three-year deal last summer, there’s a good chance the Gunners will make a profit if they decide to grant Willian’s wish by allowing him to depart earlier than expected.
Furthermore, this scenario could provide a golden opportunity for technical directorEdu to raise significant funds and bolster Mikel Arteta‘s first-team squad in the summer.
But what are the attacking midfielder’s plans for when he does leave Arsenal?
Well, a return to Brazil has been ruled out as Willian has already revealed he wants to remain in Europe and hasn’t closed the door on playing in the United States before retiring.
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“Today, in my head, I don’t have this objective. I have neither the desire nor the objective to play in Brazil.
“I intend to stay in Europe, anyway. Leaving Europe, going to another market. United States, I don’t know, another market. But we make plans, sometimes things can change.
“So today I reply to you that I don’t have this thought of playing in Brazil again.”
With that said, football.london understands Willian is happy at Arsenal and is not intent on leaving the club this summer.