Willian joined Arsenal final summer season with lofty ambitions, however Chelsea followers have been fast to level out what he left in west London.
The winger rejected the Blues in favour of a transfer to the Emirates the place the 32-year-old was given a three-year deal as a substitute of two on provide at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s coverage for a very long time has been to solely provide short-term contracts to gamers over 30, one thing that has been relaxed considerably lately.
However Willian thought his future was at Arsenal after conversations with supervisor Mikel Arteta satisfied him, setting lofty ambitions of profitable the Champions League.
Lower than a season on, the Blues are within the ultimate of the competitors whereas Arsenal won’t even be enjoying in Europe subsequent season.
Willian advised SunSport initially of the season: “One of many causes I wished a three-year deal was to be a part of a plan, not only a participant passing by way of.
“After I talked with the supervisor he advised me why he wanted me for 3 years.
“It was that he first wished to qualify for the Champions League and win it by the point I left. That was what I wished to listen to.”
Willian gained two Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge, however it was the Europe’s crown that eluded him, becoming a member of the membership the season after they gained it in memorable trend in Munich.
“I used to be at Chelsea for seven years and gained every thing besides the Champions League.
“Hopefully this transfer will give me the trophy I haven’t bought in addition to one other Premier League title.”
Now, although, Chelsea will play Man City within the showpiece occasion later this month as yet one more English winner of the competitors is assured.
It has been lower than a yr since Willian left Chelsea, however issues are radically completely different together with his former membership within the ascendancy.
Frank Lampard was sacked and rapidly changed by Thomas Tuchel, who’s influence has been outstanding.
He joined when the Blues have been ninth within the Premier League, simply two factors and two locations above Arsenal.
Now they’re within the FA Cup and Champions League finals and are fourth within the Premier League.
Arsenal, in the meantime, crashed out of the Europa League within the semi-final and are scrapping to even end within the prime half of the desk.