Arsenal flop Willian set to return to Brazil after difficult season at Gunners

Arsenal winger Willian is set to return home to Brazil this summer after receiving an approach from his former club Corinthians.

Willian joined Arsenal from Chelsea last summer but, despite a promising start, endured a frustrating first season in north London.

The Gunners are now ready to allow him to return to Brazil on a free transfer in order to get his huge salary off the wage bill with two years remaining on his contract.

Willian left Corinthians after nine years in 2007 to move to Europe and join Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine, before mooing on to Anzhi Makhachkala, Chelsea and Arsenal.

According to the Daily Mail, Willian is close to leaving Arsenal to join Brazilian giants Corinthians on a free transfer, with the clubs in negotiations over the deal.

Arsenal are keen to get Willian's £190,000-a-week wages off the wage bill after a disappointing first season at the Emirates.

Willian joined the club on a free transfer from London rivals Chelsea last summer after an impressive seven years in west London where he won five trophies and was named the club's player of the year on two occasions.

Despite getting two assists on his debut against Fulham, Willian's form soon faded and he scored just once in 37 appearances as the Gunners finished eighth, missing out on Europe for the first time in 25 years.

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Willian has not been named in Mikel Arteta's 20-man matchday squad for either of Arsenal's opening two matches of the Premier League season, both of which have finished in 2-0 defeats.

The 33-year-old then angered Arsenal fans by appearing to like a post celebrating Chelsea's win at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

All parties are understood to be keen on the deal that would see Willian return to the club he joined as a 10-year-old in 1998.

He went on to make 17 appearances for Corinthians, scoring twice and providing two assists before he moved to Shakhtar aged 19.

If the deal is completed, then it would see Willian link up with former Arsenal left-back Sylvinho, who was appointed manager in late May.

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