Arsenal have confirmed the departure of Willian.
The 33-year-old joined last summer on a free and leaves after all parties agreed it would be best to terminate his three-year contract early. He will sign for former club Corinthians.
Seven assists and one goal in 37 appearances goes some way to disguising how disappointing his short tenure proved to be. Signed to add experience and creativity, he peaked on the first day of last season and rapidly went downhill after that. By the end of the campaign, he was making up the numbers on the bench.
While getting Willian’s huge wages off the bill is a plus, let’s not pretend he and his agent are walking away on anything other than favourable terms.
We gambled big on a stupid bet. And lost. There are lessons to be learned.