Arsenal star Willian speaks out on his future and reveals ambitions to play in the United States

Willian looks on in Arsenal training
Willian has ambitions to lift major silverware with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Willian says he ‘really wants’ to play in the United States in the future but is keen to lift major trophies with Arsenal beforehand and hopes to represent Brazil at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The 32-year-old forward joined Arsenal on a free transfer last summer, bringing an end to a seven-year spell with fierce rivals Chelsea where he helped the club win two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup and the Europa League.

But Willian has struggled to live up to expectations across an underwhelming debut season at the Emirates and is yet to score a single goal in an Arsenal shirt with the team languishing down in ninth place in the Premier League table.

However, Willian has the opportunity to add a third European trophy to his CV this season as Mikel Arteta’s side prepare to do battle with Villarreal for a place in the Europa League final.

Willian runs with the ball during Arsenal's Europa League clash with Slavia Prague
The Brazilian is still yet to open his account for the Gunners (Picture: Getty)

Speaking to Arsenal’s official matchday programme, a confident-sounding Willian said he was determined to put his struggles behind him and make a success of his time in north London.

‘Well my plan is to stay at Arsenal, I have a contract here, and to win trophies,’ he said.

‘I have two more years here and my plan is to stay and be successful, to play and win something with the club. 

‘I still want to achieve a lot of things. I want to win more trophies, and I want to be at the next World Cup.

‘I will do my best to be there. But yeah, I want to lift trophies for Arsenal – I have a lot of things in my mind that I want to achieve.

‘I want to win as much as I can with the team, and go back to the national team as well.’

Willian and Mikel Arteta look on in Arsenal training
Willian has had a difficult opening season with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

The Brazil international lifted the lid on his future plans and hinted a move to Major League Soccer could be on the cards further down the line.

‘Whenever I have finished here, I really want to go to America and play there,’ Willian added.

‘Possibly stay in Europe, I don’t know, but at moment, one of my targets is to play in America at some point in my career.’

Willian has already taken steps to become an agent when he retires and is not interested in entering the world of football management.

‘I want to become an agent. I am preparing myself for that profession, I’ve already started work on that,’ the ex-Chelsea winger went on.

‘I want to go into that because I love football and I want to stay in the sport, I want to do a job in that area.

‘But I don’t want to become a manager or a coach. I want to be slightly more outside, but still involved in football.’

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