The 32-year-old moved to the Emirates from Chelsea in the summer of 2020 on a free transfer but made little impact over the season and fell down the pecking order behind the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard.
The Brazilian has two years left on his contract with the Gunners and the club is keen to get his enormous wages off their books given he has contributed so little to the first team.
David Beckham’s Inter Miami were interested in taking Willian to MLS, but his wage demands have taken that proposed move off the table.
The Sun reports that the former Chelsea man wanted £8.7million a year – £167,000 per week – to turn out for Inter Miami, which his more than double their current top earner, Gonzalo Higuain, earns.
While there will no shortage of suitors for the Brazil international, there will be a lack of clubs willing to pay him what he wants, making an exit tricky.
Arteta signed Willian, so will be willing to work with him if a move cannot be brokered, after the manager continued to take the blame for the player’s poor performances late into last season.
‘First of all we signed a player with an incredible talent, a proven talent and performance level in this league, and this season has been difficult and I take full responsibility because I have to be the one getting the best out of him and we had moments but not to the level that he did before,’ Arteta said in May.
‘This is an assessment that we will do individually with the players and with [technical director] Edu, the board and the ownership to make the right decisions for the future.’
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