Willian’s agent Kia Joorabchian has taken a swipe at Arsenal saying there is no ‘project’ at the club.
The former Chelsea star joined Arsenal last summer for the ‘project’, but failed to make an impact.
The Brazilian essentially tore up his contract, saving Arsenal £20million, allowing him to re-join boyhood club Corinthians.
Joorabchian told talkSPORT: “I think Willian did the right thing, he went for the project and the project wasn’t there.
“Unfortunately, I’d have to say, which player has moved to Arsenal that has not been a disaster in the last couple of years? That one I speak as a fan.
“I don’t think this is about Willian. I think something has gone wrong [at Arsenal] and this is just one piece of the puzzle.
“Nobody blames Arteta, we all want Arteta to do well. Even as fans, they might be disgruntled at the moment but they want the best for the football club. Willian wants all the success for Arteta and this Arsenal team.”
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed why Ben Chilwell has not yet managed to force his way into the Blues matches this season.
Marcos Alonso has been selected regularly instead by the German raising questions about the fate of Chilwell in the team.
“For Ben Chilwell, it’s very easy,” Tuchel explained when asked by football.london about the defender’s situation after the 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield.
“He came back with the latest group [from his summer break]. When he arrived, Marcos Alonso had five weeks in his legs from pre-season. He played the first competitive matches and was simply way more ready physically. This was natural because of the training session and his fantastic games.
“He played the Super Cup final and three Premier League games. Also, we only have three substitutions allowed and this is a huge problem, a huge, huge disadvantage in the European competitions for any English team.
“We play in the toughest league in the world but only have three [in-game] changes allowed.
“So you can’t say after 60 minutes, ‘Ben, I’ll give you 30 minutes now so you’re ready to start the next game’. You can’t say, ‘let’s see with Thiago how long he can go’. It’s simply not possible.
“Everyone who went further in pre-season is very strong [physically]. This is the only reason.
“But look at how Thiago played today, he was excellent. I could feel he was absolutely ready in the last week. I’ve known him a long time now, he made a huge step.
“Chilly needed his time in training to adapt to the intensity. He is ready now but it [facing Liverpool] wasn’t the moment to push him into the cold water.”
Olivier Giroud got his first two Serie A goals for an ultimately comfortable 4-1 win over Cagliari, with Sandro Tonali and Rafael Leao also on target.
Henrique Dalbert risked slightly more than a yellow card for a two-footed lunge in the opening six minutes, while Rafael Leao took too many touches when sent clear on an Olivier Giroud back-heel, allowing Andrea Carboni to make the desperate tackle.
Sandro Tonali scored his first goal in the Rossoneri jersey, and only his second in Serie A, with a wonderful free kick from the edge of the area that dipped over the wall and into the near top corner.
The lead lasted just three minutes before Joao Pedro’s inspired dinked pass over the top found Alessandro Deiola, whose header steered into the far top corner, despite Mike Maignan getting his fingertips to it.
The drama continued with a third goal in five minutes, as Leao’s strike took a massive deflection off Brahim Diaz to completely wrong-foot Radunovic. The Lega Serie A credited Leao with the goal, as his original shot was on target.
The Spaniard created the third goal, running forward from midfield and a slide-rule pass finding Giroud to bend it into the far corner first time with the inside of his left boot from 12 yards, the ex-Chelsea striker’s first Serie A goal.
Milan kept pushing, Simon Kjaer’s header charged down and Fikayo Tomori’s follow-up well saved. Kevin Strootman raised his arm to deflect a Brahim Diaz shot over and VAR confirmed he was on the line, so it was a penalty, converted by Giroud for a brace.
It would’ve been a hat-trick but for Diego Godin’s desperate defensive header in the six-yard box and interception to prevent a tap-in on Leao’s low cross.
Cagliari almost got another too, Maignan just about preventing the Charalampos Lykogiannis free kick going straight in from a tricky angle.
Thousands of Chelsea fans have signed a petition to ban referee Anthony Taylor from officiating their games in future.
Taylor, 42, has incurred the wrath of Blues supporters after awarding Liverpool a penalty and sending off Reece James for handball in the dying moments of the first-half of Saturday’s match at Anfield.
Mo Salah scored the resulting spot-kick and Chelsea were forced to defend for the second half, but did enough to secure a point after Kai Havertz had opened the scoring.
Despite the positive result Chelsea fans are fuming with Taylor.
Much of the anger is born out of the fact Taylor only looked at the VAR monitor for seconds before making his decision.
In fact, it appeared the ref made up his mind based on a still image of the ball making contact with James’ arm.
Taylor decided it was handball which means, according to the law, the England star had to be dismissed – whether it was deliberate or not.
The petition calling for Taylor to be removed from future Chelsea matches already has more than 44,000 signatures.
And claims have been made suggesting Taylor has harmed fans’ mental health with his actions.
One petition also suggests Taylor has been “constantly biased whenever he officiates a Chelsea match”, and warns that keeping him away from Chelsea games would be good for his own safety.
There is no suggestion or evidence Taylor was biased during the match.
The Twitter mob have been after Taylor too, with one Chelsea supporter saying: “We need to stand up and protest against it. We cannot let him ruin every game he is officiating. FA cup final was same.”
Another added: “He was extremely unfair and biased.”
A third wrote: “Anthony Taylor should be ashamed of himself. And I’m not talking about the penalty or the sending off. So inconsistent with his decisions.”