Willian is ‘very likely’ to stay at Arsenal, insists Mikel Arteta

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Willian has failed to impress in his debut campaign at the Emirates (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists Willian is ‘very likely’ to stay at Arsenal next season, despite an underwhelming debut campaign at the Emirates.

The Brazilian signed a three-year deal at the club last summer after arriving on a free transfer from Chelsea.

However, the winger has failed to impress with the Gunners and he’s scored just once for the club in all competitions so far this term.

Reports last week suggested Willian was already looking for an early exit from the club, with MLS side Inter Miami said to be interested in his signature.

Arteta admits Willian has failed to hit the heights he had hoped for this season and says the board must take the ‘right decisions’ for the future.

But the Spaniard ended his response on Willian by clarifying that any player currently contracted to the club is likely to stay at the Emirates.

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Willian has been linked with a move to America (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

‘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,’ said Arteta.

‘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.

‘This is an assessment that we will do individually with the players and with Edu, the board and the ownership to make the right decisions for the future.

‘Every player that is under contract is very likely to be here with us next season.’

David Luiz’s departure from the club was announced earlier this week, while Dani Ceballos is expected to return to Real Madrid after the end of his second loan spell.

Arsenal are interested in signing Martin Odegaard but that is dependent on Real’s valuation of the Norwegian, while the playmaker will have a host of other options.

The Gunners can still finish with a European spot this term but they trail 7th-placed West Ham by four points going into the last two matches of the season.

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