Tag: Willian

Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League - Emirates Stadium during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday May 9, 2021. Copyright: Richard Heathcote

1 Arsenal surgery, 2 awards, 2 new coaches, Napoli friendly & 14 transfer rumours

As football came to a close last weekend, actual news has been light on the ground, but here is a roundup of the top Arsenal news and gossip stories this week.

“I want to confirm that Willian is 100% leaving the club” says trusted journalist

Willian is '100%' to leave Arsenal this summer, even if no other English clubs come in for him, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Arsenal's Brazilian midfielder Willian reacts during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium in London on September 19, 2020. (Photo by Will Oliver / POOL / AFP)

Arsenal man pushing to leave to join Chelsea

Willian's primary goal for the summer is a return to Chelsea after just one year with Arsenal, according to a report.
Newcastle United v Arsenal - Premier League - St James Park Arsenal s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang right scores their side s second goal of the game during the Premier League match at St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. Issue date: Sunday May 2, 2021. Copyright: Stu Forster

3 Arsenal stars named in Premier League Worst XI of the season

It may only contain 11 players but the Premier League worst XI of the season, as picked by ESPN, contains three Arsenal players which, if you ask me, seems a bit excessive.
Bernd Leno Arsenal, APRIL 29, 2021 - Football / Soccer : UEFA Europa League Semi-finals 1st leg match between Villarreal CF 2-1 Arsenal FC at the Estadio de la Ceramica in Vila-Real, Spain.

2 confirmed exits on busy day for Arsenal

Although the season isn't quite over for all teams at Arsenal, things are on the move with a busy summer expected for both the men's and women's teams.
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Number 1 signing: Super agent explains Arteta's desire for his client

Super agent Kia Joorabchian has hit back at Jamie Carragher for claiming he was responsible for getting Arsenal to sign Willian.
Arsenal's Brazilian midfielder Willian reacts during the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich, central England, on January 2, 2021. (Photo by Rui Vieira / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by RUI VIEIRA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Willian on Arsenal and Chelsea training differences

Willian is being linked with a move away this summer but the Brazilian has given an interview which doesn't seem like he is going just yet as he discusses adapting to Arsenal's different training style.
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: Willian of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on February 14, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Adam Davy - Pool/Getty Images)

Arsenal flop expected to make hasty exit this summer

Following the news about David Luiz's planned departure, Willian is to be the second former Chelsea player to leave Arsenal this summer.
Bernd Leno of Arsenal in action during Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at the Emirates Stadium in London - 23rd April 2021 Arsenal v Everton, Premier League, Football, The Emirates Stadium, London, UK - 23 Apr 2021 Photo by Holly Allison/TPI/Shutterstock

7 senior Arsenal players want to leave say reports

At least five senior Arsenal players want to leave the club this summer, according to multiple reports after last week's Europa League exit.
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League - Emirates Stadium Arsenal s Willian celebrates scoring their side s third goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday May 9, 2021. Copyright: Richard Heathcote

Arteta calls on Smith Rowe to do more as he praises Willian

Mikel Arteta has called on Emile Smith Rowe to do more while defending Willian despite the latter having a terrible season.
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: Willian of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on February 14, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Adam Davy - Pool/Getty Images)

Willian gives update on his Arsenal future amid recent struggle for minutes

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.
Arsenal's Brazilian midfielder Willian reacts during the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich, central England, on January 2, 2021. (Photo by Rui Vieira / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by RUI VIEIRA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal man opens up about racist abuse impact and demands action

Willian has added his voice to the growing calls for more action to be taken to tackle racial abuse online while admitting he is sometimes even afraid to look at his phone.
Arsenal's Brazilian defender David Luiz (L) and Leeds United's English striker Patrick Bamford compete during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 14, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)

Arsenal suffer potential double blow pre-Liverpool clash

David Luiz is out and Granit Xhaka is a doubt for Arsenal's match against Liverpool on Saturday, the club have confirmed.
Willian in training with Arsenal (Photo via Willian on Instagram)

Arsenal winger recovers from injury to return to training pre-West Ham

Willian is back in training ahead of Arsenal's clash with West Ham United at the weekend, following his recent calf injury.
Arsenal's Bukayo Saka during the Premier League match at Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday March 14, 2021. Copyright: Dan Mullan

Mikel Arteta provides pre-West Ham injury update

Mikel Arteta provided an injury update on Friday morning after Arsenal's midweek clash with Olympiacos the previous night.
Arsenal's Brazilian midfielder Willian reacts during the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich, central England, on January 2, 2021. (Photo by Rui Vieira / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by RUI VIEIRA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

1 stat that highlights Arsenal’s big problem

No greater indictment of Arsenal's season can be found than the fact that Willian has more Premier League assists than any other Arsenal player
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Nicolas Pepe ofArsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal at The King Power Stadium on February 28, 2021 in Leicester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

2 Arsenal wins in a week, so what next and where's Martinelli?

2 wins in a week and a Willian that works, what's going on? And where is Gabriel Martinelli? Questions we try to answer for you this week
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: Willian of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on February 14, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Adam Davy - Pool/Getty Images)

Willian says the quiet bit out loud about Chelsea

Willian has reiterated that he wanted to stay at Chelsea last summer, only deciding to leave when they wouldn't offer a three-year deal.
Benfica v Arsenal UEFA Europa League Willian of Arsenal during the UEFA Europa League match at Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus. Copyright: Yannis Halas

‘Special qualities’: Mikel Arteta on picking Willian over Martinelli or Pepe

Looking back on Arsenal's win over Benfica, Mikel Arteta has explained why he brought on Willian over Nicolas Pepe or Gabriel Martinelli.
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: Willian of Arsenal comes on to replace Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on February 14, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Arsenal fans’ brutal comments when Willian replaced Smith Rowe

Willian made an appearance for Arsenal, immediately dropping the level of the team, and Arsenal fans did not take it well
Arsenal's Brazilian midfielder Willian reacts during the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich, central England, on January 2, 2021. (Photo by Rui Vieira / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by RUI VIEIRA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta explains what he’s going to do about Willian

Mikel Arteta has said that he will keep persisting with Willian despite the Brazilian enduring the wrath of Arsenal fans with his performances.
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Gabriel after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on September 19, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton - Pool/Getty Images)

When will Gabriel return for Arsenal?

Gabriel Magalhaes has tested positive for Covid-19 and will now remain in isolation.
Arsenal's Thomas Partey during the UEFA Europa League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: 5th November 2020. Photo: David Klein / Sportimage

Arteta provides updates on Gabriel, Luiz, Willian & Partey

Mikel Arteta provided updates on Gabriel Magalhaes, David Luiz, Willian, and Thomas Partey after Arsenal's win over Chelsea on Saturday.
Arsenal's Brazilian midfielder Willian reacts during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium in London on September 19, 2020. (Photo by Will Oliver / POOL / AFP)

Willian Arsenal stats do not tell a good story

Willian's Arsenal stats do not make pretty reading, so let's take a closer look at how he's done since he arrived in the summer.
LEEDS, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 22: Willian of Arsenal looks to break past Luke Ayling of Leeds United during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road on November 22, 2020 in Leeds, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Paul Ellis - Pool/Getty Images)

Willian injury latest: When will he be fit for Arsenal?

Willian was substituted with an injury against Leeds United on Sunday, so what is his prognosis and when can we expect him back?
Arsenal's French-born Ivorian midfielder Nicolas Pepe (R) celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Sheffield United at the Emirates Stadium in London on October 4, 2020. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth / POOL / AFP)

Pepe deserves the opportunities Arteta is giving Willian & Lacazette

Nicolas Pepe deserves the same opportunities being handed to Alexandre Lacazette and Willian on a weekly basis, arguably more than they do.
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Willian of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Sheffield United at Emirates Stadium on October 04, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)

Arteta speaks amid speculation winger will be dropped

There's still no certainty on whether Willian will feature against Leeds this weekend, despite Mikel Arteta insisting the Dubai issue is resolved.

Willian sucks up to Arteta but is still in trouble with Arsenal

Willian has been singing Mikel Arteta's praises but it remains to be seen if that's enough to save him the manager's wrath for being a naughty boy.
Aston Villa's English midfielder Jack Grealish (C) runs with the ball as Arsenal's Brazilian midfielder Willian (L) chases him during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium in London on November 8, 2020. (Photo by Andy Rain / POOL / AFP)

Only 1 Arsenal player rated higher than Willian vs Aston Villa

Willian was widely castigated on social media so it was something of a surprise to see him rated as one of the best players in the Arsenal side.
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Willian of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Sheffield United at Emirates Stadium on October 04, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)

“He will be one of the best”: Willian praises ‘unique’ Arteta

Willian thinks Mikel Arteta is heading for the top as a coach, showing a unique outlook on football during his time with Arsenal.
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal greets Willian of Arsenal as he is substituted off during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on September 19, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Will Oliver - Pool/Getty Images)

Willian hits out at English media twisting his words on Arteta

Willian hit back at the English media on Friday, after they twisted his praise for Mikel Arteta to come off more like criticism.
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Willian of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Sheffield United at Emirates Stadium on October 04, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)

Arsenal Team News for Leicester City: Ceballos update

With the short turnaround after the midweek Europa League clash, let's take a look at the Arsenal team news for Leicester City.
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Willian of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Sheffield United at Emirates Stadium on October 04, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)

How many deals did Arsenal agree in this transfer window?

The transfer window for the 20/21 season is in full swing so how many deals have Arsenal agreed so far? More than you'd think...
COBHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Willian of Chelsea arrives for a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group H match against Lille OSC at Chelsea Training Ground on December 09, 2019 in Cobham, England. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

Arsenal shirt numbers: 12

As Arsenal close in on the signing of Willian as a free agent, let's see what numbers the player has worn previously and what is available for him at Arsenal should the deal actually go through.
Arsenal's Brazilian defender Gabriel (C) celebrates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage in London on September 12, 2020. (Photo by PAUL CHILDS / POOL / AFP)

2 Arsenal stars make top-10 European debutants list

After the opening couple of weeks of fixtures across Europe's top-five leagues, two Arsenal signings made WhoScored's top-10 debutant list.
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Gabriel after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on September 19, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton - Pool/Getty Images)

Cafu: Willian & Gabriel joined Arsenal to win the Premier League

Brazilian legend Cafu believes Willian and Gabriel both joined Mikel Arteta at Arsenal to win the Premier League.
Arsenal's Brazilian defender Gabriel (C) celebrates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage in London on September 12, 2020. (Photo by PAUL CHILDS / POOL / AFP)

3 Arsenal players make Premier League Team of the Week

Three Arsenal players made it into the BBC Premier League Team of the Week after the opening round of fixtures over the weekend.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signs new Arsenal contract (via@Arsenal)

Willian makes more recoveries than assists and Mikel Arteta is happy

Whether you think he got two assists or three, there is no denying Willian stole the show against Fulham delivering a debut to remember.
ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on July 14, 2020 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal beat QPR 4-3 in first of multiple planned friendlies

Arsenal played the first of multiple behind-closed-doors pre-season friendlies on Tuesday after the return of multiple senior players to training.
Arsenal's Spanish head coach Mikel Arteta (R) celebrates with Arsenal's Brazilian defender David Luiz during the English FA Cup final football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in London, on August 1, 2020. - Arsenal won the match 2-1. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)

Arsenal's new signing explains which player convinced him to join

Willian says David Luiz was on the phone to him every day trying to convince him to trade Chelsea for Arsenal this summer.