Willian’s three-year Arsenal transfer plan backfires as Chelsea win second Champions League

Willian’s decision to leave Chelsea for Arsenal last summer is looking even more costly.

The Brazilian swapped west London for north London after his contract at Stamford Bridge expired at the end of last season and will be well aware of what his former club did on Saturday night.

Chelsea‘s 1-0 win against Manchester City sealed their second Champions League win and means they have once again lifted the one trophy that has so far eluded Willian in English football.

A trophy that he thought was possible to win at Arsenal after speaking to Mikel Arteta prior to putting pen-to-paper on a three-year deal at the Emirates Stadium.

Upon signing Willian on a free transfer last summer, it was revealed that the Spaniard had a three-year plan which included Arsenal returning to the Champions League and also aiming to win it for the first time in their history.

“One of the reasons I wanted a three-year deal was to be part of a plan, not just a player passing through,” the Brazilian said, as per Sky Sports. “When I talked with the manager he told me why he needed me for three years.

“It was that he first wanted to qualify for the Champions League and win it by the time I left.

“That was what I wanted to hear.

“I was at Chelsea for seven years and won everything except the Champions League.

“Hopefully, this move will give me the trophy I haven’t got as well as another Premier League title.”

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Willian will have to wait at least another year before thinking about another Premier League title as Arsenal finished in eighth place and 25 points behind champions Manchester City.

Although, there is talk of him moving on this summer.

According to reports, the Brazilian is understood to be keen to consider a new challenge despite only arriving at the Emirates Stadium on a free transfer from the Blues just last summer.

Interestingly, Sky Sports also state that despite interest from a number of clubs in Europe, along with MLS side Inter Miami, a return to Stamford Bridge would be his number one choice.

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