By Noel Whelan

24th Jul, 2021 | 8:00pm

Arsenal told to get rid of 'extortionate' Willian amid Romano update - pundit

Noel Whelan has urged Arsenal to find a way to get Willian off the wage bill this summer.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 32-year-old had become surplus to requirements at the London Stadium.

Speaking on the Here We Go podcast (July 21st), reputable journalist Fabrizio Romano claims Willian is looking to quit Arsenal this summer and the Gunners are keen to offload him.

The Brazilian’s current contract, worth a reported £220,000-a-week, runs until 2023.

The Sun reported earlier in July Willian saw a move to Inter Miami fall through due to his £167,000-a-week demands.

Whelan insisted the winger’s departure would be best for both parties.

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Asked if Arsenal needed to get Willian off the wage bill, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah. A player that signed for Arsenal and didn’t hit the heights everyone expected.

“We saw the best of him Chelsea but certainly didn’t see the Willian that played for Chelsea at Arsenal.

“A player that is probably on extortionate wages there after coming in as a free contract.

He’s not hit the heights and has been a disappointment in most people’s eyes. We expected a lot more from a very, very talented player.

“I don’t think Arsenal will be too bothered about losing Willian. That’d be best for both parties.

“I believe they’ve got players there that could probably do a better job. Younger in age as well and more for the future than Willian can offer them.”

Willian scored just once and contributed seven assists in 37 appearances during his first season at Arsenal.

With pre-season underway, he started the 2-1 defeat to Hibernian and appeared as a substitute in the 2-2 draw with Rangers.

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