Arsenal: Arteta opens up on Willian's recent improvements
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Arsenal star Willian is “expected” to leave the club this summer, according to reports. Willian has had a season to forget at Arsenal since joining on a free transfer. It took 37 games for the Brazilian to score his first goal for the Gunners.
Willian opted to join Arsenal after Chelsea refused to offer him a three-year deal last summer.
Arsenal gave Willian a three-year contract even though he would be almost 35 by the end of his stay at the club.
However, it now looks unlikely that the winger will even make it into a second season at the Emirates.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano says Willian is likely to follow his former Chelsea team-mate David Luiz through the exit door.
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Luiz is out of contract this summer and both parties have agreed to go their separate ways.
Romano says there is interest from MLS for Willian, as well as the option to stay in Europe.
Romano tweeted: “After David Luiz, also Willian is expected to leave Arsenal this summer. #AFC
“There’s interest from European clubs and from MLS – Inter Miami wanted him last summer. Arsenal are waiting for official bids.”
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Reports claim Luiz and Willian will not be the only players seeking an exit from Arsenal this summer.
The Athletic says goalkeeper Bernd Leno, right-back Hector Bellerin and midfielder Granit Xhaka all want to leave.
Willian’s first goal for Arsenal came in the 3-1 win over West Brom last weekend.
Emile Smith Rowe also netted for the first time in the Premier League in that match.
Afterwards, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insisted his side needed more from the experienced players such as Willian.
“It’s the first Premier League goal for Emile,” Arteta told BT Sport. “So we are demanding him standards here.
“He’s playing at a top club and because he’s done well, when we look at those demands he hasn’t done that enough and we cannot pull those demands.
“Willi [Willian] we have to, because he’s done it in the past and we have to demand it much more.
“Same with Nico [Pepe], he needs to do that in a more consistent way. But with the young kids, patience.”
Arteta continued in his press conference, saying: “Willian has done it in the past.
“That’s the big difference. He’s done it for many years and achieved big things in the game. Somehow this season we haven’t managed to get the best out of him.
“It’s true that he had some spells that we could see highlights of things he can do and today was a good example of that.”
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