October 16, 2021


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Willian wants to win trophies with Arsenal before MLS switch

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Brazilian winger Willian says he wants to win trophies with Arsenal before securing a move to the MLS.

The 32-year-old joined Arsenal on a free transfer from Chelsea in August.

He’s since made 32 appearances for the Gunners but is yet to score his first goal.

Willian enjoyed a good start to life at Arsenal, assisting two goals on his debut in a 3-0 win over Fulham.

But he’s never reached his best form at the Emirates and has been used as a substitute by Mikel Arteta in recent games.

Speaking about his Arsenal future, Willian said (via Goal): “Well, my plan is to stay at Arsenal, I have a contract here, and to win trophies.

“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. I want to win as much as I can with the team, and go back to the national team as well.”

The Europa League is Arsenal’s best bet for a trophy this campaign. They beat Slavia Prague 5-1 on aggregate to reach the competition’s semi-finals, where a tough test against Villarreal awaits them.

Domestic glory was ruined by defeats to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup and Southampton in the FA Cup.

They sit ninth in the Premier League on 46 points.

Willian was also asked about his future after Arsenal. He said: “Whenever I have finished here, I really want to go to America and play there. Possibly stay in Europe, I don’t know, but at the moment, one of my targets is to play in America at some point in my career.

“I want to become an agent. I am preparing myself for that profession, I’ve already started work on that.

“I want to go into that because I love football and I want to stay in the sport, I want to do a job in that area, but I don’t want to become a manager or a coach. I want to be slightly more outside, but still involved in football.”

Willian is available to feature in the Gunners’ next match. They take on Everton in the Premier League on Friday evening.

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