Former Chelsea winger explains why he failed at Arsenal

Former Chelsea winger explains why he failed at Arsenal

Former Chelsea winger explains why he failed at Arsenal.

Former Chelsea winger and Brazil star Willian has explained why he struggled at Arsenal.

Willian, who currently plays for Fulham after leaving Chelsea on a free transfer to join Arsenal in 2020, stated that playing a season behind closed doors ‘without the buzz of the crowd’ was a factor in his poor performance at Arsenal.

The winger only created two assists on his debut and left the North London side after one year after he and the club agreed to mutually end his contract.

Willian told the Athletic: “I think I am maybe the only player who has done something like this.

“Any other player in my situation would have stayed until the end of the contract and kept picking up the money. But I’m not like this. Money is not the most important thing in the world. I have to feel good, to feel motivated to go to training. I was not having that there so I decided to leave.’

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On his struggles at Arsenal, Willian added: “For most of the season, we were playing without fans (because of the COVID-19 pandemic).

“I didn’t see Arsenal fans. Maybe I needed to feel the buzz of the crowd, that it was something I missed. It was a difficult moment not just for me, but for everyone in the world. To play without fans at a new club is not easy.

I spoke with the manager, Mikel Arteta, on my last day there. I thanked him profusely for everything he had done for me, including bringing me to Arsenal. I simply wished him the best.

“He is an excellent manager, and I have great admiration for Arsenal.” They’re doing well and have some good players. They have the potential to do well this season.”

Willian told the Athletic: “I think I am maybe the only player who has done something like this.

On his struggles at Arsenal, Willian added: “For most of the season, we were playing without fans (because of the COVID-19 pandemic).

“I didn’t see Arsenal fans. Maybe I needed to feel the buzz of the crowd, that it was something I missed. It was a difficult moment not just for me, but for everyone in the world. To play without fans at a new club is not easy.

After only two assists on his debut, the winger left the North London club after one year after he and the club agreed to mutually terminate his contract.

“I think I’m the only player who has done something like this,” Willian told the Athletic.

Any other player in my situation would have stayed until the contract expired and continued to collect the money.” But this is not how I am. The most important thing in the world is not money. I need to feel good in order to be motivated to go to training. I couldn’t stand it there, so I decided to leave.’

Willian elaborated on his struggles at Arsenal, saying, “For the majority of the season, we were playing without fans (due to the strike).”

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