Former Chelsea winger Willian has denied accusations he moved to the Gunners for financial reasons, saying his decision to terminate his contract early is evidence of this.
Willian left Chelsea as a free agent last summer after failing to reach an agreement with Chelsea on a new contract and joined our London rivals Arsenal on a three year contract with improved wages.
After failing to make an impact at Arsenal, Willian chose to give up several million pounds that he was legally owed by Arsenal in order to leave as a free agent.
He is now set to join Brazilian side Corinthians as a free agent and on a much lower salary.
“I would like to thank Arsenal for the opportunity they have given to me and for the warm welcome received by everybody at the club,” he said.
“Unfortunately things on the pitch didn’t go the way we had all planned and hoped. I received a lot of criticism, especially from some members of the press, that I had come here for financial reasons. I hope with my actions today explain to those people and they now understand that was not the case.
“I hope it teaches some people that they should not be so quick to pass judgement on create bad environments to make themselves important, even though I accept that’s part of the game.
“All my career I have done everything to be the best I can be. I always want to win and I find it hard to accept not doing so. Unfortunately it didn’t happen for me at Arsenal and I am sorry about that.
“I came to England in 2013 and I have enjoyed every minute of my time here. I want to thank everyone who had helped me along the way to play in this wonderful league that is full of heart and spirit.”