Willian has revealed that he left Arsenal in the summer due to online abuse from Arsenal fans.

The forward joined Arsenal on a free transfer after leaving Chelsea at the end of the 2019/20 season.

However, the three-year contract he signed sparked controversy among many fans, which was exacerbated by his extremely slow start to life at the Emirates Stadium.

He scored just one goal in 37 appearances during his one full season at the club and chose to return to Brazil in the summer, signing for Corinthians.

Throughout the campaign, Arsenal fans were vocal about their dissatisfaction with Willian’s performances, and the Brazilian admitted on the Vibe with Five podcast that this abuse played a role in his departure.

“I received a lot of messages on social media from them and also because I came from Chelsea,” he said.

“I think if I came from another club it would have been better for them but also because I came from Chelsea and didn’t perform well – I think about that and say ‘I have to go.’”

Willian’s desire to leave was so strong that he agreed to terminate his Gunners contract in order to join Corinthians.

“Yeah, it was big money that I gave up – money is not the most important thing in life, you need to be happy, to be getting pleasure and wake up and want to go to training,” he added.

“I wasn’t having that, so I said to myself, with my family and my wife ‘I cannot stay here, I am not happy here, I have to leave and find a way out to leave the club’.

“For me, it is unfair to stay in a place you don’t want to stay just because of the money.”


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