Fulham winger Willian has admitted he wishes he never left Chelsea for Arsenal, as he prepares to face his former club on Sunday.
After running down his contract with Chelsea, Willian decided to move across London and sign for Arsenal in the summer of 2020.
The winger made a strong debut for the Gunners against Fulham, setting up a few goals, but things went downhill from there, and he only scored one goal in his 37 appearances that season.
The only positive of Willian’s spell at Arsenal was that everyone quickly agreed it wasn’t working out and cancelled his contract without dragging things out.
Funnily enough, Willian will now prepare to face Arsenal for the first time since leaving at the very ground he made his debut for the Gunners – Craven Cottage – as he now plays for Fulham.
But despite currently playing for Chelsea’s local rivals, Willian says he wishes he never left Stamford Bridge.
“Yeah,” Willian said. “I wish I’d never left. Of course, it’s easy to say now, but when I stop to think about all the situations, yeah, I say to myself ‘I wish I’d never left’.
“But it’s life, I’m happy now. I’m at Fulham, enjoying myself there.”
As for why things didn’t work out for him at Arsenal, Willian couldn’t put his finger on the reason.
“[Arsenal] are flying now,” Willian admitted. “I don’t know (why it didn’t work), they were in the middle of changing a lot. I was excited when I signed with them, and I was training hard, but it just doesn’t work and that’s it.”
The 34-year-old certainly seems to have his career back on track now with Fulham, Arsenal fans will hope he doesn’t pick Saturday to finally score his first goal against the Gunners.