Willian reportedly wants to leave Arsenal just one year after joining
Arsenal attacker Willian is reportedly keen on leaving the north London club just one year after arriving on a free transfer from city rivals Chelsea.
The Athletic report that the Brazilian international is one of five Arsenal first-team players who have asked to leave the club this summer, with Hector Bellerin, Bernd Leno, David Luiz and Granit Xhaka all said to been discontent with the squad, and that they could all depart the Emirates in the upcoming transfer window.
Willian has struggled since signing for the club last summer, with the Brazilian winger just scoring once since arriving from Chelsea, with that strike coming last weekend against West Brom in a 3-1 victory for Arsenal.
Multiple reports this week suggest that Mikel Arteta, who signed Willian, is keen to revamp the Arsenal squad this summer, which will involve several established players as well as names out on loan departing the north London club for good, with the Guardian reporting that Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock are also under consideration to be moved on this off-season.
TBR View: Moving on Willian will win supporters back onto Arteta’s side
From the moment Willian was announced as an Arsenal player, the former Chelsea player was already an unfavourable character amongst supporters given his age and his reported £220,000-a-week contract according to the Sun just a few weeks after the club made 55 members of staff redundant.
And his performances on the pitch have done little to improve his standing amongst supporters, with Willian constantly being criticised by supporters and pundits for his lack of effort on the pitch as well as goal-scoring output, yet if Arsenal manages to move on the former Chelsea winger this summer, Arteta will likely win back fans he had lost earlier this year due to the results the north London club have endured over the past 12 months.
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