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'I want to win': Arsenal ace opens up about his future beyond the end of this season

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Arsenal attacker Willian has opened up about his future beyond the end of this season after a very difficult first nine months at the Emirates.

The Brazilian joined us on a free transfer from London rivals Chelsea last summer. He was expected to hit the ground running and have a huge impact, but he has barely had any sort of luck in the red and white this term.

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With no goals since joining us, many fans have called for Willian to be sold this summer. Mikel Arteta and Edu have been urged to cut their losses and move him on, but if the Brazilian’s words are anything to go by, he is going nowhere until 2023.

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He told Arsenal’s Official Matchday Programme: “Well my plan is to stay at Arsenal, I have a contract here, and to win trophies. I’ve two more years here and my plan is to stay and be successful, to play and win something with the club.

“I still want to achieve a lot of things. I want to win more trophies, and I want to be at the next World Cup. I’ll do my best to be there. But yeah, I want to lift trophies for Arsenal – I have a lot of things in my mind that I want to achieve.

“I want to win as much as I can with the team, and go back to the national team as well.”

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The Insider’s View:

Arsenal signing Willian was a really strange move last year. It’s never ideal to sign a 32-year-old on a long-term contract, but Edu decided to do it anyway and it hasn’t gone to plan.

Nobody expected Willian to come in and set the stage on fire. However, nobody expected him to be as bad as he was in the first half of the season either, which is why the Brazilian has received as much backlash as he has.

Willian has been much better in the last two months. He looks more interested on the pitch, but he has fallen down the pecking order.

It makes very little sense to pay £10 million every year (Spotrac) to a third-choice winger, but that’s the decision Arsenal made, and it looks like it’ll cost us for two more years.

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