Willian pens emotional apology to Arsenal supporters as he departs for boyhood club

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Wisdom Deji-Folutile

Willian Borges da Silva has penned an emotional farewell to Arsenal FC following news that he would be returning to his homeland to rejoin boyhood team Corinthians.

The Brazilian also apologised to the Gunners faithful for his disappointing one-year spell at the club.

Willian, who signed a mouth-watering £200k/week deal with the English club, had infamously stated that he intended to win the Champions League with the club.

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However, the forward has now forgone his remaining two-year deal, opting to leave for Corinthians.

Willian scored just one goal for Arsenal having arrived at the Emirates on a free transfer from Chelsea back in August 2020.

In a lengthy statement, the forward thanked the club and the fans for their support. He also explained that, contrary to media speculation, he did not arrive at the North London club for money and that he hoped ceding his remaining contract proved that.

The statement read, “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.

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“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 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 and 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 has helped me along the way to play in this wonderful league that is full of heart and spirit.

“To the Arsenal fans, I am sorry we never got to meet properly due to the pandemic but I know your desire for success and your support for the club is incredible; so I wish you all the best for the future because you deserve it.

“To everyone else involved with this historic club, I wish you all the best for the future.”