Arsenal new boy Willian insists he wanted former club Chelsea to beat the Gunners in the FA Cup final, despite joining Mikel Arteta’s side a fortnight later.
The Brazilian signed a three-year deal with the Gunners last week and had verbally agreed to join the club before their 2-1 win against Chelsea at Wembley.
Arsenal’s victory means they will play Europa League football next term and European qualification is seen as a crucial factor in attracting new blood to the club this summer.
Willian missed the final through injury, meaning he had already played his last game for Chelsea.
Given the important of the game for Arsenal, some could forgive Willian for wanting his future club to win.
But he insists that at the time he was desperate to end his time at Chelsea on a high by winning the trophy again.
‘I wanted Chelsea to win because that was who I played for and I wasn’t sure I would be going to Arsenal,’ Willian told the Sun.
‘But, of course, I am happy now that Arsenal won because we get to play in Europe and that is important for us.’
Chelsea were keen on keeping Willian and Frank Lampard made several attempts to convince his board to hand the winger the three-year deal he craved.
However, Willian’s demands were never met and he’s been criticised in some quarters by moving across London to an Arsenal side that finished eighth last term.
But Willian insists the Gunners remain one of the biggest teams in the world and that he wants to make them successful again.
‘Arsenal are one of the biggest clubs in the world and I see this as changing from one big club to another,’ said Willian.
‘It is expected we should be challenging for all the titles. I know what is needed to do that because I was very successful at Chelsea. This is a club which deserves to shine again.’
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