Willian, who joined Arsenal from Chelsea last summer, revealed that he wanted to stay at Stamford Bridge and left the club only because he had not agreed on a contract extension with Chelsea.
“It was difficult to make that decision because the rivalry between the two clubs is very big.
“It was well thought out... talking to my wife and even the agent many times.
“I didn't leave the club with a fight, I left the doors open. Everyone knew the conditions, I really wanted to stay.
“We ended up not finding an agreement, I ended up asking for three years, Chelsea wanted to give two, and everyone knows this story. That's why I ended up leaving.”
The Brazilian winger continued:
“One of the things that made me decide to go to Arsenal was really the various conversations I had with Mikel Arteta, with Edu too
“They convinced me that I'd be a very important player in the squad.
“They wanted to change the philosophy of the club, to make it possible for Arsenal to fight again in the Premier League, to play in the Champions League again.”