Arsenal star Willian explains truth behind Barcelona transfer ‘offer’

Arsenal star Willian insists he did not receive an official offer from Barcelona before signing for the Gunners. Willian left Chelsea at the end of last season following the expiry of his contract. The Brazilian wanted a three-year extension but Chelsea were not willing to give that to a player who turned 32 in August.

Barca were linked with a move for Willian on several occasions in recent seasons.

But the winger insists there was nothing official from the La Liga club.

“There are always rumours, but I didn’t know about any other official offer,” Willian told FourFourTwo.

Willian has struggled to make an impact during his first few months as an Arsenal player.

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He contributed three assists in the opening day win over Fulham but has not scored or assisted in the Premier League since.

But he says he would not have necessarily jumped at a move to Barca and is happy he joined the Gunners.

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“Indeed, there was a lot of talk about Barcelona for the past few seasons, but I wouldn’t have gone there just because they’re Barca,” Willian added.

“I wouldn’t go to any club without hearing about their targets and what they wanted from me.

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“It wouldn’t be nice to be there or anywhere else if you weren’t going to be a big part of the project and didn’t play much.

“Arsenal were the only club to show me a project that would fit with my ambitions, and they’re one of the biggest clubs in the world.”

Arsenal have lost three of their last four Premier League matches, including a 3-0 loss to Aston Villa last time out.

Mikel Arteta’s side visit Leeds United on Sunday looking to get their campaign back on track.

And Arteta says it is tempting to make changes following a heavy defeat like against Villa.

He told beIN SPORTS: “I just wanted a game right the next morning! When you have that feeling that we lost it a little bit as a team … the reason is because the opponent is better on the day, or because individually you are not performing or whatever the reason is – you want to take revenge straight away.

“Now it is time to think, to reflect, to be critical about the things you can improve.

“I think you are always tempted after a bad result to change everything you do.

“And I think that’s a really bad temptation because a lot of things are working and it’s really clear on the things that we want to improve on, and how we’re going to.”

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