Willian 'set to follow David Luiz out of Arsenal this summer'

Willian 'set to follow David Luiz out of Arsenal this summer'

Willian is set to join departing Arsenal defender David Luiz in exiting the Gunners this summer, according to reports.

The Brazilian winger signed a three-year £100,000-a-week contract at the Emirates Stadium in August but has endured a difficult season with the Gunners, who face the prospect of missing out on European football for the first time in 25 years.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed this week that Gunners defender Luiz, who has been a close friend of Willian's ever since the pair were kids, will depart Arsenal at the end of the season on a free transfer.

And according to Fabrizio Romano, Willian will also seek a move away from the Emirates with clubs across Europe and David Beckham's franchise Inter Miami understood to be keen on the 32-year-old.

The report also says Arsenal have not received any bids for the winger yet, though Willian has been linked with a move away from north London in recent weeks.

The Athletic reported that Willian could be one of five players prepared to quit Arsenal this summer, with the Brazilian's mood described as 'discontent' and 'ready to go'.

Hector Bellerin, Granit Xhaka and Bernd Leno were named as potential other absentees along with the Brazilian duo of Luiz and Willian.

Like Luiz, Willian moved across London from Chelsea to join the Gunners but has failed to live up to the standards he set at Stamford Bridge.

The 32-year-old had netted double-digit goal tallies in four out of his last five seasons in west London but has only scored once in an Arsenal shirt - a late free-kick to beat West Brom earlier this month.

The Brazilian has managed to muster seven assists for the north Londoners this season, though two of them came on the opening day of the season against Fulham.

Willian lost his place in Arsenal's starting line-up earlier on in the season due to the rise of youngsters Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe.

Inter Miami, owned by former England captain Beckham, were one of the teams interested in signing the Brazilian winger when his contract ran down at Chelsea, but the 32-year-old picked the Gunners instead.

The MLS side are currently managed by former Manchester United defender Phil Neville and have added international stars Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi to their side in recent years, along with former Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs.

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