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Me being left out at Arsenal was the worst time of my soccer career says Willian

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A star footballer playing for Arsenal FC simply known Willian said worst experience in his precessional soccer career was when he was left out of Arsenal.

The Brazilian winger moved across London last summer, leaving Chelsea on a free transfer after seven years at Stamford Bridge before signing with the Gunners.

Willian started 12 of his first 14 Premier League games under Mikel Arteta but then found himself slipping down the pecking order over the festive period as Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe continued to impress.

But Willian has now provided four assists in his last five appearances across all competitions for the Gunners and has caught the eye in recent games.

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And, during the international break, Willian has opened up on the struggles he faced since moving to Arsenal but hopes he is now coming out the other side.

‘It really was a very difficult start, apart from that first game against Fulham, where I had a good performance, I managed to make a good game,’ Willian said in an interview with ESPN Brazil.

‘Even after that game there were some games that we won, I even had a good game, but then we ended up getting a bad streak.

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‘I also got a bad streak and I think my worst professional time to date, since I went up at Corinthians and was sold to Ukraine, then I arrived at Chelsea, without a doubt. This phase that passed now was the worst time that I think I lived as a professional.

‘Of course, when you live in a difficult moment, you get really upset and try to find solutions, a way to improve, try to help the team.

‘That’s what I’ve been doing all this time, I never stopped training, to work, to dedicate myself as much as possible.

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‘It took a little while to leave, but lately in the last games I’ve been playing well again, standing out with assists, playing well. So I’m happy to be back to find my good football.’

Despite his recent displays, Willian is still yet to score in 30 appearances for Arteta’s side, which has raised eyebrows due to his £220,000-per-week wages.

In a recent interview with UOL Esporte, Willian also admitted that he never wanted to leave Chelsea, but they refused to offer him a three-year contract.

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‘It was difficult to make that decision,’ he explained.

‘Because… the rivalry between the two clubs is very big. It was well thought out… talking to my wife and even the agent many times.

‘I didn’t leave the club with a fight, I left the doors open. Everyone knew the conditions, I really wanted to stay.

‘We ended up not finding an agreement, I ended up asking for three years, Chelsea wanted to give two, and everyone knows this story. That’s why I ended up leaving.’

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