Willian revealed empty stadiums were reason for his Arsenal failure

Thu 22 September 2022 | 10:06

Willian, who spent brilliant days in Chelsea, could not perform well in Arsenal.


claimed that the reason for his failure at


was playing games in empty stadiums during the Covid-19 era.

The Brazilian star joined Arsenal as a free agent after his contract with


expired in 2020, during which football matches were played behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic. After failing in the 2020-21 season, he finally left the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season with a two-way agreement and returned to Corinthians in Brazil, and after one season in his homeland, he returned to the Premier League again, this time joining Fulham. . Now he revealed the reasons for his failure at Arsenal.

He told

The Athletic


“I think I’m maybe the only player who has done something like this [cancelled contract early]. Any other player in my situation would have stayed until the end of the contract and kept picking up the money. But I’m not like this. Money is not the most important thing in the world. I have to feel good, to feel motivated to go to training. I wasn’t having that there so I decided to leave.

“For most of the season, we were playing without fans. I didn’t see Arsenal fans. Maybe I needed to feel the buzz of the crowd, that it was something I missed. It was a difficult moment not just for me, but for everyone in the world. To play without fans at a new club is not easy.”

The Brazilian star played 37 times for Arsenal in the 2020-21 season and scored only one goal.

source: SportMob

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