Willian has apologized to Arsenal fans for not meeting their expectations at the club.
The Brazilian broke his contract at the Emirates Stadium and is now preparing to leave the club.
In a lengthy statement after Arsenal confirmed his departure, the Brazil international apologized for his disappointing one-year stay.
The Brazilian still had two years on his £ 200,000-a-week contract but decided to step down when he joined the Corinthians as a child.
The Brazil international also had a message for those who believe he joined Arsenal for the money.
Willian has only scored one goal for Arsenal after coming to the Emirates with a free transfer from Chelsea in August 2020.
“I want to thank Arsenal for the opportunity they have given me and for the warm welcome everyone has received at the club,” said Willian.
“Unfortunately, things on the pitch did not go as we all expected and hoped. I received a lot of criticism, especially from some members of the press, who had come here for economic reasons … I hope that my actions today are explained to these people and that they now understand that it was not like that.
“I hope this teaches some people that they shouldn’t be so quick to pass judgment and create bad environments to make themselves important, even though I accept that it’s part of the game.
“My whole career I’ve done my best to be the best I can be. I always want to win and it’s hard for me to accept not to. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen to me at Arsenal and I am sorry.
“I arrived in England in 2013 and enjoyed every minute of my stay here. I want to thank everyone who has helped me along the way playing in this wonderful league which is full of heart and spirit.
“For Arsenal fans, I’m sorry we never got to meet properly due to the pandemic, but I know your desire for success and your support for the club is incredible; so i wish you all the best for the future because you deserve it.
“To everyone involved in this historic club, I wish them the best for the future.”