Willian has opened up about his time at Arsenal, saying that he knew he did not wish to remain at the club within just three months of joining.
The Brazilian attacker was signed by the Gunners as a free agent in the summer of 2020 after leaving Chelsea.
He provided a hat-trick of assists on his debut, a 3-0 win over newly-promoted Fulham on the opening day, but things went downhill from there and his form started to slump.
And now the 33-year-old has spoken out about his time in north London, saying Arsenal was not a good match for himself.
Speaking on Rio Ferdinand's Vibe with Five podcast, Willian said: "I was not happy, that’s why I didn’t perform. I don’t want to go into the details, but I wasn’t happy.
"So, when I arrived there I was happy, from the beginning I was motivated, I wanted to do well, new club, new mates, new projects.
"I don’t want to speak bad about the club because it is a big club, has a big history in football, big players played there before it’s a big club.
"But it didn’t work, it was of course the most difficult time of my career."
The way in which Willian exited the club, however, has been given credibility. He gave up the wages of the final two years of his contract and signed for his boyhood club Corinthians.
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"Yeah, it was big money that I gave up," he added. "Money is not the most important thing in life, you need to be happy, to be getting pleasure and wake up and want to go to training.
"I wasn’t having that, so I said to myself, with my family and my wife ‘I cannot stay here, I am not happy here, I have to leave and find a way out to leave the club.
"For me, it is unfair to stay in a place you don’t want to stay just because of the money."
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