The Brazilian winger is close to joining his former club Corinthians on a free transfer after reportedly agreeing to tear up his two-year agreement with Arsenal
Willian has reportedly ripped up his Arsenal contract in order to push through a transfer to Brazilian side Corinthians.
The 33-year-old joined the Gunners on a three-year contract last summer after his deal expired at Chelsea.
But the move has not worked out for either party, with just one goal and five assists coming in 25 Premier League appearances last season.
Arsenal have been desperate to offload him in the summer transfer window as they look to rebuild their squad under Mikel Arteta.
The club has committed £130million in transfer fees for five new players and needs to free up space in the squad and wage budget before Tuesday’s deadline.
Arsenal have been negotiating with Corinthians for a few weeks, but the fact Willian has two years left on his £240,000-a-week contract has caused some difficulties.
According to Sky Sports , Willian has decided to waive the rest of his contract so he can move back to his native country on a free transfer.
By doing so he will reportedly save Arsenal around £20m in wages – a gesture which has ‘amazed’ the club’s directors.
The winger is also ready to accept a 70 per cent pay cut to return to his former club.
Speaking earlier this week, Arteta confirmed the club was working on a deal to sell Willian.
“We are having some conversations with him and the agent, and we are evaluating the position that we are in at the moment,” Arteta said before Saturday’s 5-0 defeat by Premier League champions Manchester City.
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“I don’t know [why it hasn’t worked out for him here].
“At the moment, he is an Arsenal player, and we are trying to get the best out of him while he is here. Anything different is just things that can happen.”
Transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano reports that the paperwork for the transfer will be completed on Monday and Willian will then travel to Brazil to join the club where he began his career.
Further incomings could still be on the cards in north London following three successive defeats to start the Premier League season.
Ben White, Nuno Tavares, Aaron Ramsdale, Martin Odegaard and Albert Sambi Lokonga have already arrived at the Emirates Stadium, but the club are understood to be targeting a right-back.
Arteta is under mounting pressure after the 5-0 thrashing against Man City.
“I am more critical of myself and take the blame every single time we had defeats,” he said on Saturday.
“I question myself and I have to look at every decision I make and change it if we think we should have done something different.
“It is time to reflect and look in the mirror, each of us, and try to change the dynamic straight away because we need to pick up results.
“A lot has happened in the last three weeks and we are in a difficult position.”