Arsenal technical director Edu has explained the circumstances of Willian’s exit from the club after just one season.
He explained that the original decision to sign the former Chelsea player was because they waned somebody with experience, and a lot of Premier League games behind them, who could have an immediate impact on the team.
However, after impressing in his first game for the club against Fulham, the rest of the season was inconsistent both for the squad as a whole, and Willian himself.
At the end of the season, Edu and Mikel Arteta sat down with the player, and, when he indicated that he was not totally comfortable in North London, the decision was made that it would be better if he continued his career elsewhere.
His contract was subsequently cancelled by mutual consent and he has since returned to Brazil with Corinthians on a free transfer.
It has not publicly been disclosed what pay-off the 33-year old received to end his brief career with Arsenal.
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