There may be reports linking Willian with a summer exit but the player certainly isn’t talking like he’s on the verge of a hasty Arsenal exit.
After David Luiz, also Willian is expected to leave Arsenal this summer. ⚪️🔴 #AFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 16, 2021
Speaking to Brazilian publication Lance, the midfielder’s focus seems to be on better adapting to life at the Emirates in the hope an upturn in form next season might seal him a place in the Brazil squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Having missed out on a call-up for his country’s Copa America campaign – the tournament is being co-hosted by Argentina and Colombia this summer – the 32-year-old, who has 70 caps to his name (but none since November 2019), is determined to win over head coach Tite.
“My goal is to return to the Brazilian team and play the next World Cup,” he said. “I know that the moment is not appropriate for my return because of the difficult season I had, but I want to get back to playing well and regularly and being productive with goals and assists, as I was at Chelsea, so I can represent Brazil.”
He added: “Each coach has his own way of working and each club has a philosophy of play. I was used to a more physical, intense training system. At Arsenal, with Arteta, we work much more on the tactical issue, aiming and opponent. I must respect this and I must adapt to this new model.
“I had a good start [at Arsenal] and I never had many injuries, I always played regularly [during my career], but I was out on three occasions this year. That’s why I couldn’t be Willian of Chelsea. I hope to return to my high level and a bad season does not define my qualities and my potential. I still want to win titles.”