There have been rumours flying around for quite some time now regarding the future of Chelsea and Brazil star Willian, and now, it finally seems as if we’re starting to see some movement. Arsenal have seemingly made it crystal clear that they’re interested in the possibility of signing him, and on the flip side, we’ve heard about Willian’s displeasure after the Blues have failed to really make him a priority.
On Instagram yesterday, Willian confirmed that he will be leaving Stamford Bridge in search of pastures new.
They were seven wonderful years. In August 2013 when I received the offer from Chelsea, I was convinced that this was where I had to play. Today I am certain that it was the best of decisions. There were so many happy times, some sad, there were trophies and it was always very intense.
Yet, beyond the trophies, I learnt a lot about myself. I developed a great deal, becoming a better player and a better person. With each training session, with each game, with every minute spent in the dressing room, I was always learning.
I am really grateful to the Chelsea fans for the affectionate way they welcomed me at Stamford Bridge and their support throughout my time at the club. There was also criticism, which is normal, what is important though is that both the affection and criticism drove me to always give my all in every training session, every game, to be constantly improving until my very last minute in a Chelsea shirt!
The time has now come to move on. I am certainly going to miss my teammates. I will miss all the staff at the club who’ve always treated me like a son and I will miss the fans. I leave with my head held high, safe in the knowledge that I won things here and always did my best in a Chelsea shirt!
My heartfelt thanks go out to all of you and God bless you!”.
There’s absolutely no guarantee of success when you join a new club, as we all know, but we do feel as if Willian could be a great fit given what Mikel Arteta is trying to accomplish at the Emirates. It’s all about drumming some consistency into him, and while that’s going to take time, Arsenal is a club that is already trying to rebuild – so why not go for it?
Will Arsenal complete the signing of Willian?