Report: 'Incredible talent' could end up staying at Arsenal and playing for Arteta this season
Willian is now likely to stay at Arsenal, TuttoMercatoWeb report, as there is a lack of interest in him.
Willian only joined Arsenal just over a year ago, but talk of an exit has quickly emerged.
The Brazilian is believed to want out of the Emirates Stadium and Arsenal would be open to a sale.
But the latest reports in Italy suggest that he could get stuck in North London.
That is because no potential suitors have shown any interest in Willian.
The 31-year-old, who Arteta called an ‘incredible talent’ just two months ago (Arsenal official website), struggled last term and is on a sizeable wage at Arsenal, which could prove difficult for buying clubs to match.
Dip in form
The apparent lack of interest rather sums up just how badly Willian’s form has been since his arrival.
Willian scored just one goal last season and quickly became heavily criticised by Gunners fans.
If Arsenal are unable to sell him then it could hamper their own transfer plans, as clearing him off the wage bill would free up their own finances.
But the bad news for Arsenal is that Willian still has two years left on his contract, and selling him is unlikely to get any easier, with his game time looking likely to be limited next term unless there is a drastic turnaround.