Arsenal winger Willian has been disappointing since joining the club.
The Brazilian signed a lucrative three-year contract after leaving Chelsea on a free at the end of last season.
He made a brilliant impact in his first game at the club, as he provided two assists in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
But since then, he’s managed just one assist in his last nine games in the league, and has found himself in and out of the side.
Arsenal have struggled creatively this season, and have failed to score in five of their last seven matches in the league.
And according to reports, Willian could be offered a route out of the club, with Spanish side Real Betis interested in making a move. The La Liga side will likely lose club hero Joquain at the end of the season, and want 32-year-old Willian to be his replacement if he is to go.
Willian is still under contract until 2023, meaning the Gunners could ask for a pretty substantial fee in order to let him go.
One potential stumbling block in the way of a deal being done between the two sides could be Willian’s wages, with reports suggesting he earns roughly £220,000-per-week.
He was one of several signings made by Mikel Arteta this summer, with Arsenal also bringing in the likes of Gabriel Magalhaes and Thomas Partey while also extending David Luiz’s contract.
And club hero Alan Smith believes they were poor with their recruitment, and that Arteta is now paying the price for his mistakes.
“Arteta is a good coach, we all accept that, [but] he has made mistakes I think,’ Smith told the Evening Standard.
“I was surprised when he re-signed David Luiz and I was surprised when he brought Willian in.
“That’s costing the club a lot of money in wages and it would’ve been nice to have gone for youth rather than a couple of players who have achieved everything really that they need or probably want to in the game.
“I thought that was a mistake by him but as a young manager, he is going to make them along the way.”
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