Willian’s Arsenal target now looks even more ludicrous as Gunners slip to 14th

Willian arrived at Arsenal with high expectations after leaving Chelsea upon the expiry of his contract in the summer.

The Brazilian, who claimed two Premier League titles in his time at Stamford Bridge, put pen to paper on a three-year contract with Mikel Arteta’s side and immediately set his sights on winning the Champions League.

He told The Sun after joining the Gunners: “One of the reasons I wanted a three-year deal was to be part of a plan, not just a player passing through.

“When I talked with the manager he told me why he needed me for three years. It was that he first wanted to qualify for the Champions League and win it by the time I left. That was what I wanted to hear.

“I was at Chelsea for seven years and won everything except the Champions League. Hopefully this move will give me the trophy I haven't got as well as another Premier League title.”

Given Arsenal have not played Champions League football since the 2016/17 campaign, Willian’s target at the Emirates was always going to be a tall order.

But the former Chelsea man’s end goal in north London now appears even more ludicrous following a dismal start to the season which has seen them slump to five defeats in their opening 10 matches.

Sunday’s 2-1 loss against Wolves was Arsenal’s third straight defeat at home, leaving them all the way down in 14th place and piling the pressure on Arteta.

While he registered the assist for Gabriel’s equaliser on the night, Willian is still waiting for his first Gunners goal and has generally failed to live up to expectations since arriving from Chelsea.

His aim to qualify for the Champions League and win it within three years is looking slightly unrealistic, to say the least.

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Arteta now faces a battle to keep his job at the Emirates, with a crucial north London derby against Premier League leaders Tottenham to come next weekend.

Should they fall to another defeat, Arsenal will already find themselves 11 points behind their bitter rivals after playing as many games this season.

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