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Famous Arsenal star Willian admits he never intended to leave Chelsea: "I really wanted to stay."


Under-fire Arsenal star Willian admits he never intended to leave Chelsea: 'I really wanted to stay'

Arsenal star Willian on Friday announced the exchange of Chelsea for Arsenal London last summer.

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The future of Brazilian wide player Willian has certainly been at the center of the media for a long time at the end of last season.

This came as the veteran entered his contract at Stamford Bridge in the final months of a productive campaign in which he scored 16 direct goals in the Premier League.

In the end, despite the fact that ex-Blues boss Frank Lampard made it clear that he wanted Willian to stay where he was, the former Shakhtar player chose to stick to the terms of the deal, ending his 7-year tenure at Chelsea ".

And it didn't take Willian long to find a new club, as the striker wrote on paper a three-year deal with urban rival Arsenal in August:

"Everyone knew the conditions"

However, it would be frivolous to say that Willian's stay at Emirates has since been unimpressed.

The 32-year-old, who has played 26 matches to date, was unable to find a goal in Arsenal's colors, having given only 4 assists.

This poor form has resulted in the South American losing his spot in Mikel Arteta's starting lineup in recent months, with players like Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Nicholas Pepe leading Willian in the attacking gunners hierarchy.

Moreover, Corinthians' youth product has also angered supporters of his new club, as Arsenal supporters have repeatedly expressed their dissatisfaction with Willian's performances lately.

Famous Arsenal star Willian admits he never intended to leave Chelsea: "I really wanted to stay."

Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, right, celebrates scoring his third goal against Willian's da Silva during a Premier League match at Craven Cottage in London. (Photo by Ben Stanstall / PA, images via Getty Images)

However, recent comments from the wrestling winger are unlikely to put an end to such criticism. In fact, they are likely to do exactly the opposite.

Speaking today in an interview with UOL Esporte in his native Brazil, Willian was drawn to the summer move from west to north London.

And, admitting that the decision due to rivalry between clubs turned out to be “difficult & #039; & #039;”, the 32-year-old confirmed that he never really wanted to leave Stamford Bridge:

" It was difficult to make this decision because ... the rivalry between the two clubs is very great. It was well thought out ... talked to my wife many times and even to the agent. "

“I didn't leave the club with a fight, I left the doors open. Everyone knew the conditions, I really wanted to stay. "

“We didn't come to an agreement, I asked for three years, Chelsea wanted to give two, and everyone knows the story. That's why I left. "

Meanwhile, on the impact of Mikel Arteta on his final call to join Arsenal, Willian added:

“One of the reasons I decided to go to Arsenal was my conversations with Mikel Arteta as well as Edu. They convinced me that I would be a very important player on the team. & #039;

"They wanted to change the philosophy of the club so that Arsenal could fight in the Premier League again, play in the Champions League again."

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