Willian has reportedly decided to tear up his contract with Arsenal ahead of a return to Brazil.
According to Sky Sports News, the 33-year-old winger will forgo his remaining wages with the club to leave north London. Arsenal will save £20m on Willian based on this decision, with the attacker set to re-join Corinthians.
The former Chelsea star has been allowed to leave since the beginning of the summer. And now it appears that Willian will depart north London just a year after joining on a free transfer.
The winger scored just once in all competitions for the Gunners. Mikel Arteta’s side finished 8th in the Premier League standings.
With the attacker earning £240,000-a-week as per Sky Sports News, Arsenal will be freed of a lot of wage from their payroll. And with the transfer window closing on Tuesday, this could be key to the club bringing in a new signing.
Insider’s View: Willian will earn respect from fans for contract decision
There’s no sugar coating it, Willian’s time at Arsenal was a predictable mess that was bound to blow up in the club’s face the moment the attacker signed on the dotted line.
The veteran Brazilian signed for the Gunners at a time where an extra wide player made no sense. Moreover, Willian’s links to Kia Joorabchian fuelled the narrative that Arsenal were a club on the strings of one of football’s super agents.
Yet despite taking his paycheque and just sitting on the bench waiting for the club to pay him out, like another ex-Arsenal player we can all think of, Willian has taken the smart decision on forgoing his wages to return home to Brazil.
Indeed, it’s a decision not many players would take in this era of football. But Willian choosing to forgo his contract and wage will stand in good stead with Arsenal fans, and will save what little legacy the winger has with the Gunners.