Willian has admitted he wanted to leave Arsenal after just three months because he “wasn’t happy” in north London.
Arsenal signed Willian on a free transfer following his departure from Chelsea in the summer of 2020, tying him down to a three-year contract.
However, the Brazilian asked to cut short that agreement in August before rejoining boyhood club Corinthians, having struggled to reach his best level during his single campaign at Emirates Stadium.
Willian has now opened up on his departure, telling Rio Ferdinand’s YouTube channel FIVE:
“I was not happy, that’s why I didn’t perform. I don’t want to go into the details, but I wasn’t happy.
“So, when I arrived there I was happy, from the beginning I was motivated, I wanted to do well, new club, new mates, new projects.
“After three months, I told my agent ‘please, I want to go’. I don’t want to speak bad about the club because it is a big club, has a big history in football, big players played there before it’s a big club – but it didn’t work, it was of course the most difficult time of my career.”
The 33-year-old forwent two years of wages when Arsenal agreed to terminate his contract, but he was more than willing to make that sacrifice in order to rediscover his passion for the game.