Arsenal flop Willian appears to be edging closer to the exit door with just one week remaining in the summer transfer window…
According to renowned Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the 33-year-old winger wants to leave the north London giants and is tempted by an offer from Brazilian outfit Corinthians.
“Corinthians have made an official bid to Willian, confirmed. He wants to leave Arsenal since May and he’s now considering Corinthians proposal,” he tweeted.
“Willian has never been in talks with Al Ahli – priority still to European clubs, but Corinthians are now pushing.”
He then added: “Corinthians proposal for Willian is on the table and 100% confirmed. He’s ready to leave the club and he’s tempted – Willian gives priority to European clubs but Corinthians have “huge chances”.”
“Arsenal will let him leave on a free transfer in order to save his salary.”
If last season’s shocking returns weren’t evident, it’s clear that the former Chelsea star has no future at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners’ campaign has gotten off to the worst possible start, recording back-to-back league defeats against newly-promoted Brentford and arch-rivals Chelsea.
And Willian has not been involved in the matchday squad for either.
That should come as no surprise though as he failed to deliver in 2020/21. After joining on a free transfer with wages in the region of an eye-watering £220k-per-week, the veteran midfielder scored just once across 37 appearances in all competitions and provided only two assists in the league in 2021, via Transfermarkt.
Furthermore, his 6.65 average WhoScored rating for the season was among the three worst players to start 15 or more league matches.
It’s no wonder that much of the Gunners faithful were demanding the club sell him this window throughout pre-season, especially after images emerged over his fitness.
Meanwhile, in response to Romano’s claims, many were elated. For example, one described it as the “best news ever for Arsenal”, whilst others pleaded that it was true, as relayed by The Boot Room.
Understandably so, though. Willian is one of the top earners at the club, yet he is just not justifying his wages and there is no bigger waste than not having a player on £220k-per-week involved every week.
He’s merely burning a hole in KSE’s pocket right now and that could impact the remainder of the window, if not in January.
Therefore, this update will undoubtedly leave several sections of the Emirates fanbase absolutely delighted.
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