'Thank you': Chelsea icon Didier Drogba takes cheeky dig at Arsenal on Twitter

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba couldn’t help himself but tease Arsenal on social media following the termination of Willian’s contract.

Drogba made light of Willian’s miserable spell in North London by thanking him for becoming a double agent for the Blues.

Petr Cech and David Luiz were also included in the accolades after they also swapped Stamford Bridge for the Emirates at one stage in their careers.

Willian’s woes

All three certainly felt a downwards trajectory after they moved across the capital.

Willian especially struggled. He became a cult hero at Chelsea for his tricks, flicks, freekicks and frizzy hair.

But at Arsenal he was remembered for all the wrong reasons.

He joined the Gunners last August and actually got off to a pretty decent start, assisting twice on the Premier League’s opening weekend.

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However, everything spiralled out of control after that point.

In 37 appearances that season, the Brazilian managed just one goal.

Only 21 of those outings were in the initial XI, as his fall from grace continued to hurtle into oblivion.

The 33-year-old was excluded from Mikel Arteta’s squad for the new campaign, so he decided to cut his losses and leave the club completely.

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In search of refuge and fresh beginnings, Willian returned to his native land and joined Corinthians, the team that kicked off his footballing journey.

Arsenal were probably thankful for this decision, not merely because it saved them £20.5m (Sky Sports) in wages.

They had already removed Luiz from the bill after the defender’s contract expired in May.

Another highly appreciated figure at Chelsea, the barmy center-back simply couldn’t recreate his success in the red and white jersey.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.