Willian's three-year Arsenal transfer plan in danger as Chelsea reach Champions League final
Willian may end up regretting his decision to leave Chelsea for Arsenal last summer.
The Brazilian swapped west London for north London after his contract at Stamford Bridge expired at the end of last season and will be well aware of what his former club did on Wednesday night.
Chelsea's 2-0 win over Real Madrid sealed their place in the Champions League final and puts them one step closer to winning the one trophy that has so far eluded Willian in English football.
A trophy that he thought was possible to win at Arsenal after speaking to Mikel Arteta prior to putting pen-to-paper on a three-year deal at the Emirates Stadium.Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles
Upon signing Willian on a free transfer last summer, it was revealed that the Spaniard had a three-year plan which included Arsenal returning to the Champions League and also aiming to win it for the first time in their history.
"One of the reasons I wanted a three-year deal was to be part of a plan, not just a player passing through," the Brazilian said, as per Sky Sports. "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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Willian will have to wait at least another year before thinking about another Premier League title as Arsenal find themselves in ninth place and 31 points behind leaders Manchester City.
Furthermore, they are 11 points off the Champions League places and their only chance of sealing a return to the competition is to lift the Europa League trophy later this month.
The Gunners must overturn a semi-final first-leg 2-1 deficit against Villarreal on Thursday night to reach the final and keep Willian's dream of one day winning the Champions League alive.