Willian says his plan is still to see out the remainder of his three-year deal with Arsenal, despite the struggles he’s had in the first season.

Benfica v Arsenal UEFA Europa League Willian of Arsenal during the UEFA Europa League match at Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus. Copyright: Yannis Halas
Benfica v Arsenal UEFA Europa League Willian of Arsenal during the UEFA Europa League match at Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus. Copyright: Yannis Halas

When Willian signed for Arsenal last summer, he joined as a free agent on a three-year deal with the club. The length of the contract was key to his decision to join in the first place, as he publicly admitted he didn’t extend with Chelsea as they only offered him two years.

But from the outside, you’d think things might have changed in the past eight months. 32 appearances (19 starts) into his Arsenal career, Willian has zero goals, even if his tally of seven assists mitigates that somewhat.

The team are struggling in the Premier League table and Willian usually can’t get into the starting lineup anyway. He’s only made one start in the last eight games, and he was the first player substituted that day.

You’d think that would all lead to Willian considering his future, but he insists his plan is to remain in North London.

“Well my plan is to stay at Arsenal, I have a contract here, and to win trophies,” Willian told the Arsenal Matchday Programme (via Standard). “I have two more years here and my plan is to stay and be successful, to play and win something with the club.

“I still want to achieve a lot of things. I want to win more trophies, and I want to be at the next World Cup. I will do my best to be there. But yeah, I want to lift trophies for Arsenal – I have a lot of things in my mind that I want to achieve.”

You never know if things might change if Arsenal got a decent offer for the 32-year-old this summer, but for now, it seems he’s expecting to be with the club come 2022.

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