Why I rejected Chelsea to join Arsenal – Willian | Dailytrust

Why I rejected Chelsea to join Arsenal – Willian


New Arsenal signing, Willian, has said he decided to dump Chelsea for the Gunners because of the prospect of winning the European Champions League within the next three years.

He said Arsenal’s head coach, Mikel Arteta, had a plan to win the Champions League within the next three years.

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Speaking exclusively to The Sun, the Brazilian said his personal target is to reach the pinnacle of European football, which is in line with Arsenal’s plan.

Willian joined Arsenal on a free transfer after leaving Chelsea this summer.

Arteta led Arsenal to an FA Cup triumph last season but the club finished eighth in the Premier League, 10 points off the Champions League qualification places.

Willian, however, has belief in his new boss that European football will not only return to the Emirates Stadium, but that the team will be successful in it.

“One of the reasons I wanted a three-year deal was to be part of a plan, not just a player passing through,” he said.

“When I talked with the manager, he told me why he needed me for three years.

“It was that he first wanted to qualify for the Champions League and win it by the time I left.

“That was what I wanted to hear.

“I was at Chelsea for seven years and won everything except the Champions League.

“Hopefully this move will give me the trophy I haven’t got as well as another Premier League title.”

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